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International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health

Editor-in-Chief: Merrick, Joav

Editorial Board: Birch, Diana ML / Blum, Robert W. / Greydanus, MD, Dr. HC (Athens), Donald E. / Hardoff, Daniel / Kerr, Mike / Levy, Howard B / Morad, Mohammed / Omar, Hatim A. / de Paul, Joaquin / Rydelius, Per-Anders / Shek, Daniel T.L. / Sher, Leo / Silber, Tomas J. / Towns, Susan / Urkin, Jacob / Verhofstadt-Deneve, Leni / Zeltzer, Lonnie / Tenenbaum, Ariel

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Volume 30, Issue 1


Japanese university students’ views on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals based on previous encounters

Nasa Ikuta / Yuji Koike
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  • Department of Health and Education, Ibaraki University College of Education, 2-1-1 Bunkyo, Mito, Ibaraki 310-8512 Japan, Phone/Fax: +81-29-228-8295
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Published Online: 2016-04-18 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2015-0121



To elucidate the acceptability of sexual minorities according to Japanese youth, we conducted a survey targeting university students.


Participants were second- to fourth-year students (n=945) at Ibaraki University, Japan, who were randomly chosen for the survey to measure their attitudes toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. We divided the respondents into two groups: one group who had encounters with LGBT people, and one group with no such experience. Chi-square tests were used to compare responses between the groups.


More than 60% of the students considered LGBT people to be acceptable; the group with prior encounters had greater levels of acceptance compared to the group without such encounters.


This is the first study to clarify the acceptability of sexual minorities among university students in Japan. Our data suggested that having contact with LGBT people in school life may help build an inclusive educational system.

Keywords: gender identity; inclusive education; sexual orientation


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About the article

Received: 2015-12-09

Accepted: 2016-02-28

Published Online: 2016-04-18

Conflict of interest statement: The authors declare that no honorarium, grant, or other form of payment was given to anyone to produce this manuscript and that there have been no prior publications or submissions with any overlapping information, including studies and patients. The authors have contributed substantially to the submitted work; they have reviewed it and agreed with the submission of the manuscript.

Citation Information: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, Volume 30, Issue 1, 20150121, ISSN (Online) 2191-0278, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2015-0121.

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