Homosexuality Attitude Scale

The Homosexuality Attitude Scale assesses stereotypes, misconceptions, and anxieties toward homosexual people unidimensionally (favorable or unfavorable) using a likert design.  Participants rate each of the twenty-one items from 1 Strongly Agree to 5 Strongly Disagree.  The author has stated that the measure is reliable concerning either homosexual males or females.


Mary E. Kite, Deaux, K. (1986)

Reliability and Validity

Internal consistency alphas >.92

Test-retest reliability r = .71

correlates with FEM Scale (Smith, Ferree, & Miller, 1975) and Attitude Toward Women Scale (Spence & Helmreich, 1978) rs =.50

not related to agency/communion factors of Personal Attributes Questionnaire (Spence, Helmreich, & Stapp, 1974)

not related to Bem Sex Role Inventory (Bem, 1974)

not related to Self-monitoring (Snyder, 1974), Marlowe-Crown Social Desirability (Crowne & Marlowe, 1960), or Rosenberg Self-esteem Rosenberg, 1965)

Obtaining the HAS


Researchers who wish to use the Homosexuality Attitude Scale (Kite & Deaux, 1986) or the Component Measure (LaMar & Kite, 1998) may do so. I ask only that the reference for these measures be reported in any published document and that the researchers send me basic psychometric data (e.g., means, standard deviations, alphas, correlations with other measures) for the measure based on their sample.


Administration, Analysis and Reporting

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1 Ball State University

2 Kite, M.E., & Deaux, K. (1986). Attitudes toward homosexuality: Assessment and behavioral consequences. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 7, 137-162.

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