Aspects of homophobia in Italian high schools: Students' attitudes and perceptions of school climate

Gabriele Prati, Luca Pietrantoni, Anthony R. D'Augelli

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Abstract

This study investigated Italian high school students' negative attitudes toward gay men and lesbians and their exposure to aspects of homophobia in their schools. Female students viewed gay men and lesbians in similar ways. Male students, on the other hand, held more negative attitudes toward gay men than toward lesbians. Participants reported widespread experiences of homophobic behaviors in their schools, especially verbal abuse. Students' perceptions of a homophobic school climate and respondent sex predicted homophobic attitudes among participants. Homophobic school climate mediated the relationship between respondent sex (male) and homophobia against gay men.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2600-2620
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume41
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2011

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  • Social Psychology

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