Author

Jayme Dooley

ORCID Identifier(s)

0000-0003-0494-807X

Graduation Semester and Year

2022

Language

English

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Brittanie Ash

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to explore the potential correlation between a national sample of social work students’ demographics and their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual (LGB) and Transgender (T) ally behavior. The sample consisted of 784 final respondents after missingness was accounted for. The main demographic categories analyzed were age, gender, sexual orientation, race, and religion. The data used for this analysis is secondary from a national survey produced by the thesis chair. The findings from this research suggest a link between non-heterosexual orientations and non-cisgender male identifying individuals showed increased ally behavior. Whereas, identifying as Evangelical Christian showed a negative relationship with LGB and T ally behavior. Also, identifying as Mainline Christian showed a negative correlation with Trans ally behavior. The implications for social work are detailed out, as well as suggestions based on the results. The researcher expands on the limitations and addresses the need for expansion on this research, and further research looking at social work education to improve future practice.

Keywords

LGBTQ+, Ally behavior, Demographics, Social work students

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social Work

License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Comments

Degree granted by The University of Texas at Arlington

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Social Work Commons

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