The moderating effects of contact with lesbian and gay friends on the relationships among religious fundamentalism, sexism, and sexual prejudice

J Sex Res. 2013;50(3-4):401-8. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2011.648029. Epub 2012 Mar 26.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the degree to which contact with lesbian and gay friends moderated the effects of religious fundamentalism and sexism on sexual prejudice. The authors gathered data from 269 heterosexual adults living in Texas. Results indicate that the effects of religious fundamentalism on sexual prejudice were reduced when contact was high. However, the positive association between modern sexism and sexual prejudice was not moderated by contact. The authors discuss theoretical and practical implications.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Friends / psychology*
  • Homosexuality / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Male
  • Prejudice / psychology*
  • Religion and Sex*