This study is a survey of incoming freshmen at a Midwestern Catholic university on their agreement with Church teachings on homosexuality. In general, females had more homo-positive attitudes than males, graduates of Catholic high schools had more homo-positive attitudes than graduates from non-Catholic high schools, and graduates from coeducational Catholic high schools had more homo-positive attitudes than graduates from unisex Catholic high schools. Also, if respondents agreed with the Church’s teaching against homosexual activity and that homosexuality is a disorder, they were less likely to agree with the Church’s teachings that gay and lesbian people have rights that the Church should protect.
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Maher, M. J. (2004). Catholic High School Students’ Attitudes Toward Homosexuality: A Snapshot of Incoming College Freshmen. Journal of Catholic Education, 7 (4). http://dx.doi.org/10.15365/joce.0704042013