Homophobia: A Tentative Personality Profile

  title={Homophobia: A Tentative Personality Profile},
  author={K T Smith},
  journal={Psychological Reports},
  pages={1091 - 1094}
  • K. T. Smith
  • Published 1 December 1971
  • Psychology
  • Psychological Reports
The study of homosexuals only is insufficient to understanding homosexual problems. Research was conducted to investigate individuals whose negative attitude toward homosexuals may contribute to the problem. A tentative profile suggests these individuals may be status conscious, authoritarian and sexually rigid. Other aspects of their personalities are discussed and subsequent research is outlined. 

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