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The English Version of the Attitudes Toward Homosexuality Scale

Published inSwiss journal of psychology, vol. 77, no. 3, p. 117-126
Publication date2018-06-01

The present study reports the psychometric properties of the English version of the short form of the Attitudes Toward Homosexuality Scale (ATHS; Falomir-Pichastor & Mugny, 2009 ). Workers from Amazon’s MTurk TM (n = 235 for validation, n = 60 for test-retest) completed the short form of the ATHS, translated from French, and the Attitudes Toward Lesbians and Gay Men Scale (ATLG; Herek, 1998 ) and responded to a series of demographic questions. In this paper, we present evidence for a single-factor structure of the scale, along with evidence for the validity, internal consistency, and test-retest reliability of the measure. The data revealed distinct patterns in participants’ ATHS scores as a function of their religious affiliation and political conservatism. Finally, positive ATHS scores predicted support for gay rights over and above that predicted by ATLG scores ( Herek, 1984 ). The evidence presented suggests that the ATHS is a psychometrically reliable and valid tool for assessing attitudes toward homosexuality.

  • Sexual prejudice
  • Anti-gay attitudes
  • Attitudes toward homosexuality
  • Scale
  • Validation
  • Homosexuality
  • Short form
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ANDERSON, Joël Raymond, KOC, Yasin, FALOMIR PICHASTOR, Juan Manuel. The English Version of the Attitudes Toward Homosexuality Scale. In: Swiss journal of psychology, 2018, vol. 77, n° 3, p. 117–126. doi: 10.1024/1421-0185/a000210
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