Ambivalent Homoprejudice towards Gay Men: Theory Development and Validation

Brooks, Ashley S. and Luyt, Russell and Zawisza, Magdalena and McDermott, Daragh T. (2020) Ambivalent Homoprejudice towards Gay Men: Theory Development and Validation. Journal of Homosexuality, 67 (9). pp. 1261-1289. ISSN 1540-3602

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Myriad social groups are targets of hostile and benevolent (i.e., ambivalent) prejudice. However, prejudice towards gay men is typically conceptualised as hostile, despite the prevalence of benevolence towards gay men in popular media. This paper aims to compare gay men with other targets of ambivalent prejudice (i.e., women and elderly people), and draw upon the stereotype content and microaggressions literatures in order to develop a theory of ambivalent homoprejudice. The resultant framework, comprising repellent; adversarial; romanticised; and paternalistic homoprejudice was investigated using seven focus groups of heterosexuals and gay men (N = 22) and the findings were consistent with stereotype content theory. Directions for future research into the deleterious effects of ambivalent Homoprejudice and possible empowering interventions are discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Ambivalence, Prejudice, Gay men, Attitudes, Stereotype content
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Engineering
Depositing User: Dr Daragh McDermott
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2018 10:42
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2022 14:24

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