Attitudes toward lesbian, gay, and bisexual college students: The contribution of pluralistic ignorance, dynamic social impact, and contact theories

Anne M. Bowen, Martin J. Bourgeois

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

81 Scopus citations

Abstract

Social psychology theories may be useful in developing new interventions to reduce prejudice against lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) college students. For this preliminary study, the authors surveyed 109 college dormitory residents to determine their personal comfort with LGB students and their perceptions of other students' comfort with these individuals. They found widespread evidence of pluralistic ignorance—the students rated themselves as significantly less anti-gay than either their friends or the typical student. Students' attitudes showed geographic clustering, with the building of residence a significant predictor of students' attitudes. Finally, consistent with the contact hypothesis, the perception that 1 or 2 LGB students lived on the same floor or in the same building was associated with more positive attitudes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-96
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American College Health Association
Volume50
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2001
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Attitudes
  • Identity
  • Lesbian, gay, and bisexual students
  • Prejudice
  • Residence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Attitudes toward lesbian, gay, and bisexual college students: The contribution of pluralistic ignorance, dynamic social impact, and contact theories'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this