Ideological Concerns in the Operationalization of Homophobia, Part I: An Analysis of Herek's ATLG-R Scale

Volume
Volume 35
Issue
Summer 2007
Title
Ideological Concerns in the Operationalization of Homophobia, Part I: An Analysis of Herek's ATLG-R Scale
Abstract

Utilizing Watson'€™s Ideological Surround Model (Watson, et al., 2003) as a backdrop, the present study examined the structural properties of Herek'€™s (1998) Attitudes Toward Lesbians and Gay Men Scale (ATLG-R) for a sample of 155 conservative Christian students. Ideological perceptions of the ATLG-R items were derived from a smaller (N = 36) sample of students similar in demographic make up and religious devotion. Factor analytic and ideological surround analyses indicated that the ATLG-R was disproportionately comprised of items perceived to be antireligious, with the primary "€œCondemnation-Tolerance"€ component consisting exclusively of such items, the majority of which related directly to respondents' beliefs about the morality and naturalness of homosexuality. Furthermore, respondents'€™ degree of self-identification as Christian, when factor analyzed as an additional item in the ATLG-R, loaded singularly and to a greater degree than over half of the items on the "€œCondemnation-Tolerance"€ component. Potential implications of these findings are discussed.

Author
Dr. C.H. Rosik
Pages
132 - 144
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