Tuesday, June 06, 2006
1. Is homophobia associated with homosexual arousal?
by Adams, Henry E.; Wright, Lester W.; Lohr, Bethany
from Journal of Abnormal Psychology. 1996 Aug Vol
The authors investigated the role of homosexual
arousal in exclusively heterosexual men who admitted
negative affect toward homosexual individuals.
Participants consisted of a group of homophobic men
and a group of nonhomophobic men
; they were assigned to groups on the basis of their scores on the Index of Homophobia (W.W. Hudson & W. A. Ricketts, 1980). The men were
exposed to sexually explicit erotic stimuli consisting
of heterosexual, male homosexual, and lesbian
videotapes, and changes in penile circumference were
monitored. They also completed an Aggression
Questionnaire . Both groups exhibited increases in penile circumference to
the heterosexual and female homosexual videos. Only
the homophobic men showed an increase in penile
erection to male homosexual stimuli. The groups did
not differ in aggression. Homophobia is apparently
associated with homosexual arousal that the homophobic
individual is either unaware of or denies.