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Attitudes of Undergraduate Students Towards Same-Sex Couples Adopting


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Attitudes of Undergraduate Students Towards Same-Sex Couples Adopting

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Title: Attitudes of Undergraduate Students Towards Same-Sex Couples Adopting
Author: Gaa, Melissa
Advisor(s): Olson, Pamela
Committee Member(s): Hossain, Ziarat
Olguin, David
Smith-Pierce, Susan
Department: University of New Mexico. Division of Individual, Family and Community Education
Subject(s): same-sex
LC Subject(s): Adoption--United States--Social aspects--Research
Gay adoption--United States--Social aspects--Research
College students--Attitudes--Research
Degree Level: Masters
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.
Graduation Date: July 2010
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/11167

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