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PLURALISTIC IGNORANCE AND SEXUAL BEHAVIORS: A COMPARISON BETWEEN HETEROSEXUAL AND HOMOSEXUAL MEN

Woods, Charles W. (2018) PLURALISTIC IGNORANCE AND SEXUAL BEHAVIORS: A COMPARISON BETWEEN HETEROSEXUAL AND HOMOSEXUAL MEN. Masters thesis, Radford University.

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Abstract

Researchers examined perceptions of the amount and the level of comfort with hook-ups between heterosexual and homosexual males using pluralistic ignorance. Pluralistic ignorance is a social psychological theory in which a person of a group perceives the other members as different from them (Allport, 1924; 1933). Previous literature focused on the perceptions of hooking-up between men and women, however the current research extended the theory by comparing heterosexual and homosexual men. The findings only supported a difference between the amount of times heterosexual and homosexual men have engaged in hook-ups but not in how they perceive each other. Exploratory analyses revealed support for pluralistic ignorance for various sexual behaviors that could occur during a hook-up with more comfort perceived by one orientation over another depending on the behavior. Researchers argue that pluralistic ignorance may not be supported when comparing sexual orientation because men are socialized the same to initiate and have sex which may lead males to believe their males peers are similar (Howard & Perilloux, 2016).

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Charles W. Woods
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2018 15:22
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2018 15:22
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/413

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