Publication Date

2009

Abstract

The area of religiosity’s impact on an individual’s attitudes has been researched in a variety of cross-cultural ways, sometimes relating to attitudes about homosexuality. However, the behavioral manifestations of these attitudes have not been studied a great deal, particularly regarding communication behaviors. In this study, 61 university students were surveyed about their intercultural communication patterns, levels of religious commitment, and attitudes toward gay men and lesbian women. The purpose of this study was to extend research in this field. Correlation analyses demonstrated that highly religious individuals tended to be more apprehensive to communicate interculturally, especially with members of a sexual minority, and also reported greater prejudice against sexual minority members. Communication literature would benefit from further research on how communication behaviors across the sexuality barrier actually occur.

Publication Information

CST 411: Communication Across Barriers

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Student Project

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Communication Commons

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