Homophobia Scale – HS

1. Gay people make me nervous.
2. Gay people deserve what they get.
3. Homosexuality is acceptable to me.
4. If I discovered a friend was gay I would end the friendship.
5. I think homosexual people should not work with children.
6. I make derogatory remarks about gay people.
7. I enjoy the company of gay people.
8. Marriage between homosexual individuals is acceptable.                                             
9. I make derogatory remarks like “faggot” or “queer” to people I suspect are gay.
10. It does not matter to me whether my friends are gay or straight.
11. It would not upset me if I learned that a close friend was homosexual.              
12. Homosexuality is immoral.
13. I tease and make jokes about gay people.
14. I feel that you cannot trust a person who is homosexual.
15. I fear homosexual persons will make sexual advances towards me.
16. Organizations which promote gay rights are necessary.      
17. I have damaged property of gay persons‚ such as “keying” their cars.               
18. I would feel comfortable ha‎ving a gay roommate.
19. I would hit a homosexual for coming on to me.
20. Homosexual behavior should not be against the law.
21. I avoid gay individuals.
22. It does not bother me to see two homosexual people together in public.           
23. When I see a gay person I think‚ “What a waste.”
24. When I meet someone I try to find out if he/she is gay.
25. I have rocky relationships with people that I suspect are gay.       
This instrument can be found online at:http://www.midss.org/content/homophobia-scale
1= Strongly agree‚ 2= Agree‚ 3= Neither agree nor disagree‚ 4= Disagree‚ 5= Strongly disagree
Reverse score the following items: 1‚ 2‚ 4‚ 5‚ 6‚ 9‚ 12‚ 13‚ 14‚ 15‚ 17‚ 19‚ 21‚ 23‚ 24and 25
To calculate the total scale score‚ add items 1-25‚ then subtract 25 from the total scale score. The range of scores should then be between 0-100‚ with a score of 0 being the least homophobic and 100 being the most homophobic.
To calculate the subscale scores: (after items have been reverse scored)
Factor 1 (Behavior/Negative Affect): add items 1‚ 2‚ 4‚ 5‚ 6‚ 7‚ 9‚ 10‚ 11‚ 22‚ then subtract 10. Scores should range between 0-40.
Factor 2 (Affect/Behavioral Aggression): add items 12‚ 13‚ 14‚ 15‚ 17‚ 19‚ 21‚ 23‚ 24‚ 25‚ then subtract 10. Scores should range between 0-40.
Factor 3 (Cognitive Negativism): add items 3‚ 8‚ 16‚ 18‚ 20‚ then subtract 5. Scores should range between 0-20.

Wright‚ L. W.‚ Adams‚ H. E.‚ & Bernat‚ J. (1999). Development and validation of the Homophobia Scale. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment‚ 21‚ 337-347.

Fisher‚ T. D.‚ Davis‚ C. M.‚ Yarber‚ W. L.‚ & Davis‚ S. L. (2010). Handbook of Sexuality-Related Measures. New York: Routledge.