Attachment Style, Openness to Experience, and Social Contact as Predictors of Attitudes Toward Homosexuality


Metin-Orta I., Metin-Camgoz S.

JOURNAL OF HOMOSEXUALITY, cilt.67, ss.528-553, 2020 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 67 Konu: 4
  • Basım Tarihi: 2020
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1080/00918369.2018.1547562
  • Dergi Adı: JOURNAL OF HOMOSEXUALITY
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.528-553

Özet

Considerable research has shown that people generally hold more negative attitudes toward homosexuals. Given this fact, it is important to understand psychological and social correlates of homophobia. With this purpose, the present study investigates attachment styles, openness to experience, and social contact in relation to attitudes toward homosexuals. The findings show that being female, having prior contact with homosexuals, and scoring high in openness to experience predict more favorable attitudes toward homosexuals. The supplementary analyses also support the moderating effect of secure attachment on the relationship between openness to experience and attitudes toward homosexuals. The present study not only extends the related research by examining the interactive effects of attachment style and personality trait, but also provides important implications for researchers, educators, or managers in terms of reducing anti-homosexual attitudes in diverse settings.