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Ambivalent homoprejudice towards gay men: Conceptual development and theory validation

Ambivalent homoprejudice towards gay men: Conceptual development and theory validation

Brooks, Ashley S., Luyt, Russell, Zawisza, Magdalena and McDermott, Daragh T. (2019) Ambivalent homoprejudice towards gay men: Conceptual development and theory validation. Journal of Homosexuality. ISSN 0091-8369 (Print), 1540-3602 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2019.1585729)

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Abstract

Myriad social groups are targets of hostile and benevolent (i.e., ambivalent) prejudice. However, prejudice towards gay men is typically conceptualised as hostile, despite the prevalence of benevolence towards gay men in popular media. This paper aims to compare gay men with other targets of ambivalent prejudice (i.e., women and elderly people), and draw upon the stereotype content and microaggressions literatures in order to develop a theory of ambivalent homoprejudice. The resultant framework, comprising repellent; adversarial; romanticised; and paternalistic homoprejudice was investigated using seven focus groups of heterosexuals and gay men (N = 22) and the findings were consistent with stereotype content theory. Directions for future research into the deleterious effects of ambivalent Homoprejudice and possible empowering interventions are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ambivalence, Prejudice, Gay Men, Attitudes, Stereotype Content
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2019 09:43
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 3
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/22203

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