Date of Award

2015

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Behavioral Sciences

First Advisor

Harvey Burnett

Abstract

Attitudes towards LGBT people are shifting rapidly, with over half (51%) of the US population now favoring same-sex marriage. LGBT issues are also being hotly debated in the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) church. The purpose of this research is to examine how the film, Seventh-Gay Adventist (SGA) influences SDA college students' attitudes regarding homosexuality. My study compares attitude scores of students (N=46) using an experimental design with random assignment. Both the experimental group and the control group completed a commonly used Homosexuality Attitude Scale and modified version of Fulton's Adventists and LGB's survey at pretest and posttest. Results show that the film had no significant effect on students' overall attitudes. However, a significant difference in attitude change was found on one individual item: a homosexual's ability to become heterosexual. This suggested that after watching the film, subjects were more likely to think that lesbian and gay individuals cannot change their sexual orientation.

Subject Area

Sexual minorities., Homosexuality--Religious aspects--Seventh-day Adventists., Lesbianism--Religious aspects--Seventh-day Adventists., Seventh-day Adventist college students--Attitudes.

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