Student Degree Program and Attitudes Toward Gays and Lesbians in the Military: Is There a Connection?
Abbreviated Journal Title
gays; lesbians; and homosexuals in the U; S; military; anti-gay; attitudes; Attitudes Toward Homosexuals in the Military Scale; COLLEGE-STUDENTS; HETEROSEXUALS ATTITUDES; SEXUAL PREJUDICE; PUBLIC-OPINION; MEN; HOMOSEXUALS; HOMOPHOBIA; UNIVERSITY; DIFFERENCE; ETHNICITY; Psychology, Multidisciplinary; Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
Individuals routinely experience discrimination based on sexual orientation. Since the implementation of Don't Ask, Don't Tell in 1994, over 13,000 military personnel have been discharged from the U.S. military on the basis of sexual orientation. As helping professionals, social workers will often provide services to returning gay and lesbian veterans. Therefore, social work programs must ensure that students develop positive attitudes toward and understanding of the needs presented by this population. Little is known about whether a specific degree program can be a predictor of student attitude toward gay and lesbian individuals in the military. Eighty-nine graduate students completed the Attitudes Toward Homosexuals in the Military (ATHM) scale, and scores were compared between two graduate degree programs: Social Work and Business Administration. A statistically significant relationship was found between degree program and ATHM scores. Implications for policy, practice and research related to gay and lesbian veterans are discussed.
Journal of Homosexuality
"Student Degree Program and Attitudes Toward Gays and Lesbians in the Military: Is There a Connection?" (2011). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 2057.