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A Meta-Analytic Review of the Association Between Disgust and Prejudice Toward Gay Men.

Authors
  • Kiss, Mark J1
  • Morrison, Melanie A1
  • Morrison, Todd G1
  • 1 Psychology, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada. , (Canada)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of homosexuality
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2020
Volume
67
Issue
5
Pages
674–696
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2018.1553349
PMID: 30570430
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

A sizeable number of studies have documented a relationship between heterosexual persons' experience of disgust (measured as an individual difference variable or induced experimentally) and prejudice toward gay men (i.e., homonegativity). Yet, to date, no one has attempted to meta-analytically review this corpus of research. We address this gap by conducting a meta-analysis of published and unpublished work examining heterosexual men and women's disgust and their homonegativity toward gay men. Fourteen articles (12 published, two unpublished) containing 17 studies were analyzed (N = 7,322). The average effect size for disgust sensitivity studies was moderate to large (d = 0.64), whereas for disgust induction studies, the effect was large (d = 0.77). No evidence of effect size heterogeneity emerged. Future directions and recommendations for methodological improvements are outlined.

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