Cognition and Attitudes Toward Homosexuality Among College Students in Ireland

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Abstract
This study explored the cognition and attitudes toward homosexuality among college students in Dublin. The snowball method and questionnaires were used to examine college students’ cognition and attitudes, samples were from 116 college students who are currently studying in Dublin. Previous studies found that most of the students have ever heard or read relative report about homosexuality, and the attitudes toward homosexuality have both positive and negative sides. The findings confirm some of the previous findings from literature reviews that students show their understanding and tolerance toward homosexuality generally, however significant differences can be seen between different nationality groups, students from European countries show more understanding and moral acceptance than students from China, and students from Islamic society show the least tolerance and moral acceptance. This study could have implications for educational and medical institutions, in terms of helping people to reach a deeper understanding of homosexuality.

Table of Contents

Declaration of originality1
Acknowledgements2
Abstract3
Table of Contents4

CHAPTER 1INTRODUCTION6
1.1 Background and Rationale6
1.2 Aim and Objectives7
1.3 Dissertation structure……………………………………………… ………………………………7

CHAPTER 2LITERATURE REVIEW8
2.1 Introduction8
2.2 Cognition of homosexuality among college students8
2.3 Attitudes toward homosexuality among college students9 2.4 Conclusion9

CHAPTER 3METHODOLOGY11
3.1 Introduction11
3.2 Methods11
3.2.1 Approach11
3.2.2 Sampling11
3.2.3 Data collection12
3.2.4 Data analysis13
3.3 Conclusion13

CHAPTER 4RESULTS14
4.1 Introduction14
4.2 Description of samples14
4.3 Conition of homosexuality among college students in Dublin15 4.4 Attitudes toward homosexuality among college students in Dublin...…………….16 4.5 Effect of demographic variables…………………………………………….……………………17

CHAPTER 5DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION19
5.1 Introduction19
5.2 Summary of research and discussion of results19
5.2.1 Cognition of homosexuality among college students in Dublin……………………….19 5.2.2 Attitudes toward homosexuality among college students in Dublin………………..20 5.3 Explanations for the results and suggestion for general hypotheses21 5.4 Limitations and suggestions for further research22

Bibliography24

APPENDICES26
Appendix: Questionnair26

CHAPTER 1INTRODUCTION

1.1 Background and Rationale

As a non-mainstream culture which takes its unique exit from the mainstream culture, homosexuality has become a special social occurrence, as well as the spotlight of the public. Along with World Health Organization (WHO) cancelled the diagnosis on homosexuality (ICD10, 1994), the debates over gay marriage and gay presence in the military are still largely unresolved in many countries (Michael J.K., 2010) Homosexuals themselves hope they can be accepted by society just as many European countries have been supporting this group for years, they hope to cancel or reverse the diagnostic criteria, and many psychiatrists also believe it should be cancelled, however, in the society, whether homosexuals can live their ideal life or not is not only depends on the opinions of themselves or psychiatrists, but also, to large extent, depends on moral acceptance and social tolerance. If the public does not accept their existence, there is no doubt that if people “come out”, they may get hurt.

As adults, college students are at their age of finding their partners and getting married. The attempts of love and sex are very important parts of college students’ lives. At the same time, as one of the most open minded group in society, they have higher knowledge levels and cultural literacy, to some extent, their cognition and attitudes toward homosexuality represent the society’s the most enlightened cognition and attitudes toward homosexuality....
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