Sexual Prejudice Among Christian College Students, Denominational Teachings, And Personal Religious Beliefs

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Denise Levy Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dept. of Social Work (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Although numerous studies have examined the role of religious tradition and religiosity on attitudes toward lesbian, gay, and bisexual people, the role of endorsement of denominational teachings has largely been overlooked, even though such teachings are often cited to explain study findings. To better understand the complex relationship between religion and sexual prejudice, this study explores the unique contributions of religious tradition, religiosity, and individual endorsement of denominational doctrine about same-sex sexuality in shaping these attitudes. Findings indicate that endorsement of denominational doctrine concerning same-sex sexuality is more influential than religiosity, and that endorsement of denominational doctrine is not simply a proxy for believing that same-sex sexuality is a sin. Implications for future research are discussed.

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Woodford, M.R., Levy, D. & Walls, N.E. (2013). Sexual Prejudice among Christian College Students, Denominational Teachings, and Personal Religious Beliefs. Rev Relig Res 55, 105–130 (2013). Publisher version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2012
Gay men, Lesbians, Bisexuals, religion, Denominational doctrine, Students, Bias

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