Using visual media to reduce homophobia: A classroom demonstration

Andrew S. Walters

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A classroom demonstration using visual media was designed as a means for decreasing homophobia. Slides and video scenarios showed that gay,/lesbian/bisexual characters are most often depicted as stereotyped, suicidal, or pathological. Homophobia and empathy for homosexuals were measured at the beginning and end of the term. Results showed a significant decrease in homophobia and a significant increase in empathy among students exposed to the demonstration. Analogous changes in attitudes toward homosexuals were not found among students not exposed to the demonstration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)92-100
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Sex Education and Therapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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