Date of Award
Graduate School of Education and Professional Development
Type of Degree
Sandra S. Stroebel
Given the alarming rates of harassment of gay and lesbian students in our nation’s schools, it is important to ascertain the attitudes of school personnel toward homosexuality. Particularly important are the attitudes of school psychologists. The present study examines the attitudes of West Virginia school psychologists toward gay and lesbian students, and how their contact with, knowledge of, and level of religiosity affect these attitudes. Results indicated that respondents’ attitudes toward homosexuality were positively correlated with contact and knowledge and negatively correlated with religiosity. Contact was the strongest predictor of positive attitudes. There were no significant differences between demographic variables, including gender, age, rank, and years of experience.
Gays - Counseling of.
Gays - Attitudes.
Gays - Education.
School psychologists - West Virginia.
Winter, Lauren B., "West Virginia School Psychologists' Attitudes toward Gay and Lesbian Students" (2011). Theses, Dissertations and Capstones. 290.