Pride and prejudice : facilitating change in the attitudes of students toward gay men and lesbians

Higgins, Daryl, King, Ross and Witthaus, Daniel 2001, Pride and prejudice : facilitating change in the attitudes of students toward gay men and lesbians, Health promotion journal of Australia, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 238-241.

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Title Pride and prejudice : facilitating change in the attitudes of students toward gay men and lesbians
Author(s) Higgins, Daryl
King, RossORCID iD for King, Ross
Witthaus, Daniel
Journal name Health promotion journal of Australia
Volume number 12
Issue number 3
Start page 238
End page 241
Publisher Australian Health Promotion Association
Place of publication West Perth, W.A.
Publication date 2001-12
ISSN 1036-1073
Summary Issue addressed: As one of the most significant sites of homophobia is the school, a six week school based program designed to help students explore their attitudes to gays and lesbians was developed called 'Pride and Prejudice'. This paper reports on the initial data from the evaluation of this program. Methods: In order to evaluate the usefulness of the program, a group of year 10 students at a state secondary school participated in the Pride and Prejudice program. Students' attitudes to gay men and lesbians and their social connectedness, self esteem, attitudes to race and beliefs about gender roles were measured before and after their participation. Results: Attitudes held by students toward gay men and lesbians were significantly more positive after the program. The level of attendance during the program significantly predicted the change in attitudes toward gay men but not to lesbians. Conclusion: School based programs delivered to individual classes in which students are given the opportunity to explore their attitudes toward lesbians and gay men may be a useful part of a strategy to reduce homophobia. So what?: Health promoting schools now have a tool available for enabling students to reflect on their attitudes toward gay men and lesbians. It is hoped that school wide implementation of such a program will eventually lead to a reduction in the discrimination same sex attracted youth often experience.
Language eng
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, RMIT Publishing
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