Differences in Attitudes Toward Gays and Lesbians Among Criminal Justice and Non-Criminal Justice Majors

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Published by Springer Science & Business Media in the American Journal of Criminal Justice, volume 28 issue 2, 2004. Bryant users may access this article here.


Springer Science & Business Media

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American Journal of Criminal Justice


The criminal justice system is supposed to protect and serve all members of the community equally; therefore, any prejudicial attitudes harbored by criminal justice students may negatively impact their job performance as future justice professionals. Four hundred and eighty-four students at a large Midwestern university were surveyed on their views toward gay and lesbian persons and issues. The responses of criminal justice majors were compared to the responses of students majoring in other fields. Criminal justice majors tended to have more negative views of gays and lesbians than students in other majors. However, there was not a significant difference between the two groups of students in their willingness to extend rights to and socialize with gay and lesbian individuals.