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Attitudes and Beliefs toward Homosexuality in Conservative Christian College Students

Jesse Fox, Courtney Johnson

The purpose of this study is to examine student responses to various aspects of campus life—with particular focus on attitudes and beliefs toward homosexuality. Derived from a previously-administered survey in 1997, approximately 800 randomly selected students (100 male and 100 female freshmen etc.) from a private, Midwestern, evangelical university completed a 100 question survey which they received via an email link and had one week to complete. The survey contained questions covering variables such as family life, sexuality, and spirituality. Data collection is expected to be completed by the second week of April. We hypothesize that in comparison to the previous study, students will be significantly more accepting of homosexual individuals while maintaining less acceptance of homosexual behavior. In addition, we hypothesize students will view the homosexual lifestyle to be the result of a cognizant choice, not solely heredity or social influence.

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