Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Sociology and Anthropology


Social Work.




A non-probability sampling of undergraduate and graduate social work students (n = 89) enrolled at the University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, utilizing the Fear of AIDS Scale and Homophobia Scale (Bouton et al., 1987) was carried out in the Winter Session of 1990. The intent was to examine the social work students' fear of AIDS and homophobia ratings as measured by these scales. Results indicate that the students have a moderate fear of AIDS and a low-moderate level of homophobia. There is a strong positive correlation between the Fear of AIDS Scale's and Homophobia Scale's scoring, but the two scales measure separate factors. Those students who know someone lesbian or gay have lower homophobia scores. Those students who report an understanding of the gay (and lesbian) lifestyle have lower homophobia ratings. Age, gender and educational level had no impact on either fear of AIDS or homophobia. Discussions and recommendations are offered for the profession of social work, social work education, and individual social workers. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1992 .K557. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 31-04, page: 1590. Thesis (M.S.W.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1992.