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Brief report: The defense mechanisms of homophobic adolescent males: A descriptive discriminant analysis

Lewis, A.J. and White, J. (2009) Brief report: The defense mechanisms of homophobic adolescent males: A descriptive discriminant analysis. Journal of Adolescence, 32 (2). pp. 435-441.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.adolescence.2008.04.00...
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Abstract

The study examined the role of defense mechanisms in homophobic attitudes of older male adolescents aged 17-18 years. A cross-sectional survey collected data from final year high school students (N=86) attending an all male school in a regional centre in Victoria, Australia. The school was identified by teachers as having a problematic culture of homophobic intolerance. Participants were divided into homophobic and non-homophobic groups based on their scores on the Homophobia Scale Questionnaire. Discriminant analysis was conducted to identify the predictors that would best categorise students into those two groups on the basis of defense styles derived from the Defense Style Questionnaire-40 (DSQ-40). The strongest predictors of homophobia amongst defense styles were idealisation, denial, somatisation and devaluation accounting for 18.31%, 17.64%, 13.10% and 11.35% of the variance, respectively. Results generally supported the larger contribution of more immature defenses to higher levels of homophobia.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Copyright: © 2008 The Association for Professionals in Services for Adolescents
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/30849
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