Individual, Family, and Community Education ETDs

Author

Melissa Gaa

Publication Date

9-10-2010

Abstract

This quasi-experimental design study examines attitudes of 87 undergraduate students in a social science major, towards same-sex couples. The participants were given one of two vignettes describing a couple interested in adopting a 5-year-old child. The vignettes were identical except that the couples orientation was depicted as either a gay male couple or a heterosexual couple. Using t-tests and an ANOVA test for difference in attitude scores, emotional stability of the parents, quality of parenting, whether the participant felt the child would experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, and whether the parents would raise the child with morals and values, with a level of .05, no difference was found between the two groups.

Keywords

Adoption--United States--Social aspects--Research, Gay adoption--United States--Social aspects--Research, College students--Attitudes--Research

Document Type

Thesis

Language

English

Degree Name

Family Studies

Level of Degree

Masters

Department Name

Individual, Family, and Community Education

First Advisor

Olson, Pamela

Second Advisor

Hossain, Ziarat

First Committee Member (Chair)

Olguin, David

Second Committee Member

Smith-Pierce, Susan

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