Beyond "homophobia": a social psychological perspective on attitudes toward lesbians and gay men.

@article{Herek1984BeyondA,
  title={Beyond "homophobia": a social psychological perspective on attitudes toward lesbians and gay men.},
  author={Gregory M. Herek},
  journal={Journal of homosexuality},
  year={1984},
  volume={10 1-2},
  pages={
          1-21
        }
}
Homophobia, a term often used to describe hostile reactions to lesbians and gay men, implies a unidimensional construct of attitudes as expressions of irrational fears. This paper argues that a more complex view is needed of the psychology of positive and negative attitudes toward homosexual persons. Based upon a review of previous empirical research, a model is proposed that distinguishes three types of attitudes according to the social psychological function they serve: (1) experiential… CONTINUE READING
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