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Strangers in good company? The accuracy of students' perceptions of peer attitudes toward gays, lesbians, and bisexuals


2006 2006

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In Massachusetts and around the country, public secondary schools have designed support groups and other programs to improve gay, lesbian, bisexual, and questioning (GLBQ) students' sense of safety at school. There is a tacit understanding that public middle and high schools are homophobic, unsafe places for students based on a belief that the majority is homophobic or un-accepting of their GLBQ peers. This study investigated the criteria GLBQ high school students use to define their sense of safety at school, surveyed five student bodies about their attitudes toward GLBQ students and explored correlations between students' personal feelings of comfort and their perceptions of others' comfort. Generally speaking, students were, "Sort of comfortable" to "Very comfortable" with sexual minorities and would support a friend who came out as GLB. All students, regardless of self-identified sexual orientation, underestimated peer support for gays, lesbians and bisexuals. The most supportive students tended to be older, female, have higher grade point averages, value education beyond high school and experience support from an adult in their school, community or both.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Social studies education;
Public health;
Mass media;
Secondary school students;
Perceptions;
Gays & lesbians;
Studies;
Attitudes;
Bisexuality
Classification
0534: Social studies education
0573: Public health
0708: Mass media
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences, Communication and the arts, Education, Bisexuals, Gays, Lesbians, Peer attitudes, School climate, Social norms marketing
Title
Strangers in good company? The accuracy of students' perceptions of peer attitudes toward gays, lesbians, and bisexuals
Author
Turkovsky, Lauri Kay
Number of pages
178
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 67/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542683039
Advisor
Adams, Maurianne
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3216966
ProQuest document ID
305306916
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305306916
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