Abstract reasoning as a predictor of attitudes toward gay men.

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Summary of "Abstract reasoning as a predictor of attitudes toward gay men."

This study examined the hypothesis that participants scoring lowest on a measure of abstract reasoning skills would have the highest levels of anti-gay prejudice. It was further hypothesized that abstract reasoning scores would account for variance in prejudice beyond that accounted for by previously established correlates of attitudes toward gay men: sex of the respondent (men being more prejudiced than women), contact with gay people (less contact being associated with higher prejudice), and right-wing authoritarianism (RWA; positively correlating with prejudice). It was also expected that abstract reasoning skills would be negatively correlated with RWA. The results supported each hypothesis. The predictor most strongly related to anti-gay prejudice was RWA, followed by contact with gay people, abstract reasoning skills, and sex of the respondent.


Department of Psychology, Kent State University at Tuscarawas, New Philadelphia, Ohio, USA.

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Name: Journal of homosexuality
ISSN: 1540-3602
Pages: 914-27


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