Andrew Klopp

Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Edward Skarnulis

Second Advisor

Curt Paulsen

Third Advisor

Barb Atherton


This study sought to explore empirical research which exists regarding homophobia. Only within the last thirty years has there been a serious attempt by researchers to critically examine and discuss homophobia in our society with regard to heterosexuals' attitudes toward gays and lesbians. Three themes emerged from the literature: 1) discussions of how homophobia may be quantifiably measured; 2) how the fear of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is equated with the fear of homosexuals; and 3) how direct practice with clients is affected by a practitioner's own homophobia. This researcher found varied social, medical and political schools of thought regarding homophobia represented throughout the last three decades. By historically reviewing the work of empirical research, this paper will discuss homophobia and its relevance to social work practice.


SC 11.MSW.1998.Klopp.A

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