Attitudes Toward Lesbians Among Undergraduate Social Work Students A Study By Eric Swank And Lisa Raiz

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Understanding research articles is not always an easy task. Sometimes methods or variables used in a study can be confusing and misleading. Understanding past studies helps people with their own research and how to present it. In this paper we will be focusing on the article Attitudes Toward Gays and Lesbians Among Undergraduate Social Work Students a study by Eric Swank and Lisa Raiz. This paper will analyze their research question, variables, population, measurement, and results. Question 1 This article focused on two research questions; what are the attitudes toward lesbians and gay men and what factors predict positive attitudes toward gay men and lesbians? The authors seek these questions because many gays and lesbians endure forms biases in a variety of social organizations. There is still the belief that sexual orientation is a choice and is the strongest predictor of homosexuality. Past studies have shown that social workers and psychologist with homophobic feelings interfere with providing sufficient services to their clients. This study focuses on social workers attitudes and takes it on step forward looking at what factors predict the positive attitudes. Question 2 To fully understand any study, especially this study, one must understand the factors that the researchers use in their analysis. This study found thirteen predictor variables for attitudes towards lesbians and gays. Three of these variables are very universal; age, gender, and race. However the

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