Bi now, gay later: Implicit and explicit binegativity among Irish University students

  • Morrison T
  • Harrington R
  • Mcdermott D
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To date, no assessment of explicit attitudes toward bisexual men and women has occurred in the Republic of Ireland. Further, there are no published studies examining implicit attitudes toward this group. The current research addressed these omissions by investigating bi-negativity, at explicit and implicit levels, within an Irish context. Various pen-and-paper measures were administered to 208 undergraduate students (170 females) enrolled in 2nd- and 3rd-year psychology courses at a large university in Western Ireland. Among the most pertinent findings: explicit binegativity was somewhat prevalent within the sample, overall implicit attitudes reflected a bias toward heterosexuals and against bisexuals, men evidenced greater levels of explicit bi-negativity than women and no support was obtained for amodel of cognitive consistency, which aims to articulate the various conditions in which implicit and explicit attitudes are intercorrelated. Limitations of the current study and directions for future research are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

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  • Attitudes
  • Bi-negativity
  • Bisexuality
  • Ireland
  • Prejudice
  • Sexual minorities

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  • Todd G. Morrison

  • Ronan Harrington

  • Daragh T. Mcdermott

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