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.
Adoption--United States--Social aspects--Research, Gay adoption--United States--Social aspects--Research, College students--Attitudes--Research
Level of Degree
Individual, Family, and Community Education
First Committee Member (Chair)
Second Committee Member
Gaa, Melissa. "Attitudes of Undergraduate Students Towards Same-Sex Couples Adopting." (2010). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/educ_ifce_etds/39