Author ORCID Identifier

0000-0001-5030-4959

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-2018

Abstract

Given the increasing debate regarding same-sex marriage and same-sex adoption, few studies to date have examined college student attitudes regarding this topic. This qualitative study explores the sentiments of 31 college students from a large university in the southern region of the country towards gay adoption before and after viewing the documentary We Are Dad (2005). The study allowed students to provide their level of agreement or disagreement with the statements provided by respondents on a public blog site who debated both sides of this issue. In addition, students responded to the following two questions during two points in time: (1) Which statement BEST describes your feelings about gay people adopting children in the foster care system? (2) After viewing We Are Dad (2005), which statement BEST describes your feelings about gay people adopting children in the foster care system? Analysis of the data revealed student responses to be surrounding the following three themes: (a) Support for Gay Adoption; (b) Ambivalence Regarding Gay Adoption; and (c) Disapproval of Gay Adoption. Results indicate the majority of students strongly support or support gay adoption, however, several students were strongly opposed to gay adoption. The implications of these findings for researchers and practitioners are provided.

Publication Source (Journal or Book title)

Global Journal of Economics and Finance

Comments

Global Journal of Economics and Finance is an open access, peer-reviewed international journal published by Research Institute for Progression of Knowledge.The journal publishes research manuscripts in the fields of Economics and Finance which would be of interest to an international readership. The aim of the journal is to publish high-quality manuscripts that are of international significance in terms of design and/or findings by encouraging collaboration with international teams of researchers to create special issues on these topics. The journal strives to strengthen connections between research and practice, so enhancing professional development and improving practice within the field of Economics and Finance. Papers accepted for publication are double-blind refereed to ensure academic integrity.

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