Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Scott Harrington

Second Advisor

Dr. Gale Oleson

Third Advisor

Dr. Tim Dick


This study compared the homophobic attitudes of graduate level counseling students before and after a presentation exploring homophobia. The attitudinal scores of both the control and experimental groups were pre-tested and post-tested by the Index of Attitudes toward Homosexuals (IAH) and compared by an Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA). The outcome indicated that the IAH post-test scores of the experimental group receiving the homophobic intervention were significantly reduced (p < .001) compared to the IAH post-test scores of the control group that did not receive the intervention. The results demonstrate that a specific presentation about homophobia may be effective in reducing negative attitudes toward homosexuals.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Counseling and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements for the Degree of Masters of Arts in Agency Counseling. Copyright Bryce Thull December, 1994