American Journal of Criminal Justice

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 165–180 | Cite as

Differences in attitudes toward gays and lesbians among criminal justice and non-criminal justice majors

  • Lois A. Ventura
  • Eric G. Lambert
  • Michael Bryant
  • Sudershan Pasupuleti


The criminal justice system is supposed to protect and serve all members of the community equally; therefore, any prejudicial attitudes harbored by criminal justice students may negatively impact their job performance as future justice professionals. Four hundred and eighty-four students at a large Midwestern university were surveyed on their views toward gay and lesbian persons and issues. The responses of criminal justice majors were compared to the responses of students majoring in other fields. Criminal justice majors tended to have more negative views of gays and lesbians than students in other majors. However, there was not a significant difference between the two groups of students in their willingness to extend rights to and socialize with gay and lesbian individuals.


Criminal Justice Hate Crime Religious Attendance Justice Major Lesbian Individual 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lois A. Ventura
    • 1
  • Eric G. Lambert
    • 1
  • Michael Bryant
    • 1
  • Sudershan Pasupuleti
    • 1
  1. 1.Criminal Justice DepartmentThe University of ToledoToledo

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