Making Sence of Homonegativity

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This article was downloaded by: [University of Technology Sydney] On: 03 May 2013, At: 08:57 Publisher: Routledge Informa Ltd Registered in England and Wales Registered Number: 1072954 Registered office: Mortimer House, 37-41 Mortimer Street, London W1T 3JH, UK Qualitative Research in Psychology Publication details, including instructions for authors and subscription information: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/uqrp20 Making Sense of Homonegativity: Heterosexual Men and Women 's Understanding of Their Own Prejudice and Discrimination toward Gay Men Lisa Margaret Jewell & Melanie Ann Morrison a a a University of Saskatchewan, Department of Psychology, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Published online: 28 Aug 2012. To cite this…show more content…
In addition, quantitative measures are often used to assess homonegativity in terms of participants’ religious beliefs, perceptions of morality, adherence to social norms, and endorsement of myths about gay men and lesbian women (Jewell & Morrison 2010; Morrison, Kenny & Harrington 2005; Morrison, Morrison & Franklin 2009). While such research is valuable for identifying the attitudinal correlates of homonegativity, the approach does not offer insight into the processes that heterosexuals engage in to understand and justify their homonegative attitudes. Little empirical attention also has been paid to understanding the similarities and differences that may exist between homonegative men and women as they conceptualize their Correspondence: Dr. Melanie Ann Morrison, PhD, University of Saskatchewan, Department of Psychology, 9 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7H 0P6, Canada. E-mail: melanie. morrison@usask.ca 351 352 L. M. Jewell and M. A. Morrison Downloaded by [University of Technology Sydney] at 08:57 03 May 2013 homonegativity. Although heterosexual men have been found to be more negative in their attitudinal assessments of gay men compared to heterosexual women (Kite & Whitley 2003), our understanding of the factors that contribute to this observed difference is limited. It could be argued that one of the reasons underlying the omission of a gendered analysis

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