Family values and antipathy toward gay men

Theresa K. Vescio, Monica Bieknat

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The role of family values in promoting prejudice toward gay men was examined. Participants high and low in support for family values were primed with family-relevant or neutral cues and were exposed to either a gay or a straight father who was described as a good or a bad parent. Both individual differences in family value support and situational primes of family values produced derogation of the gay father. Sympathy for the father in a child custody loss was also markedly low when family values were both endorsed and primed, and when the gay father was explicitly depicted as a bad parent. The findings have implications for Rokeach's (1972) belief congruence perspective, and for models that depict values as part of a mental associative network (Biernat, Vescio, & Theno, 1996; Feather, 1990).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)833-847
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology

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