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Homophobia May Be Linked to Repressed Homosexuality, Studies Say

Homophobia May Be Linked to Repressed Homosexuality, Studies Say

We've always suspected it, but now there might be scientific findings to back it up: Violent homophobes might be concealing their own same-sex feelings.

In a study which will be published in the April issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, a team of researchers tested about 160 college students to determine if they had repressed homosexual desires. Often, an overtly homophobic student demonstrated signs of same-sex attraction (e.g. a positive reaction to a same-sex-oriented photo, or a hesitancy before identifying as heterosexual.) Moreover, the study found that many of those students with repressed feelings had grown up in authoritative households. To illustrate their fndings, the study name-dropped such public figures as Ted Haggard, an overtly anti-gay evangelical who was exposed in a 2006 gay sex scandal.

Click over to Science Daily for a full description of the study. 

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