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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Hope, Goals, and Homosexuality: An Examination of Current American Public Opinion on Homosexuality
by Miller, Joshua Kent, M.A., University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2015, 81; 10187288
Abstract (Summary)

Over the past five years, American public opinion on homosexuality has rapidly shifted in a more positive direction. Its subjugation exemplifies how an intimate and singular topic can be used to ignite and potentially misguide the American people, resulting in violent demonstration and even death. Although public opinion has shifted towards a greater acceptance of homosexuality, viewpoints are still very polarized. In addition to the available literature, elements from the complete data set of the General Social Survey (1972–2014) were analyzed to better understand this polarization that persists. Subject-specific variables concerning homosexuality were extrapolated and simple Ordinary Least Squares regression models were tested using STATA version SE 12.1. The evidence gathered supports this thesis’ assertion that Snyder’s theory of hope, when applied to the topic of homosexuality, provides a uniquely useful and alternative lens through which to explain the polarization of current public opinion about homosexuality in America.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Edwards, Vicki L., Hunter, Angela
Commitee: Glazier, Rebecca
School: University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Department: Philosophy and Liberal Studies
School Location: United States -- Arkansas
Source: MAI 56/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Social research, LGBTQ studies, Psychology
Keywords: Behavioral studies, Faith, Goals, Homosexuality, Public opinion, Theory of hope
Publication Number: 10187288
ISBN: 978-0-355-18775-5
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