Perception of attitudes of the general population toward homosexuality in taiwan: Roles of demographic factors, mental health and social debates on legalizing same-sex marriage

Huang Chi Lin, Yi Lung Chen, Nai Ying Ko, Yu Ping Chang, Wei Hsin Lu, Cheng Fang Yen

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Abstract

The aims of this online survey study were to examine the associations of demographic characteristics (gender, age, and sexual orientation), mental health status, and point in time of the survey (i.e., the beginning of the social debates on legalizing same-sex marriage vs. the end of the social debates) with people’s perception of the attitudes of the general population in Taiwan toward homosexuality. A two-wave internet survey was conducted using Facebook to gather information regarding people’s perception of the population’s attitudes toward homosexuality among 4562 par-ticipants. The five-item Brief Symptom Rating Scale was used for assessing mental health status. The results indicated that participants perceived the population as having a lower acceptance at the end of the social debates on legalizing same-sex marriage than at the beginning of the social debates; gender moderated the decline in perceived acceptance. The results also indicated that poor mental health and heterosexual orientation were significantly associated with a lower perception of the population’s homosexuality acceptance in both waves of the survey. The factors related to perceived homosexuality acceptance need to be considered in developing programs to increase the popula-tion’s homosexuality acceptance.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2618
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Volume18
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Mar 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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