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Medicina Legal de Costa Rica

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MADRIGAL RAMIREZ, Edgar Alonso. Description of cognitive distortions related to male homosexuality in a young Costa Rican adult heterosexual population related to homophobia. Med. leg. Costa Rica [online]. 2018, vol.35, n.2, pp.4-19. ISSN 2215-5287.

The rejection, discrimination and violence that homosexual people suffer in today´s Costa Rican society deserves the scientists to turn their attention towards this phenomenon and succeed in elucidating objective elements to fight against homophobia. The present article work studies information collected in a focus group of heterosexual people of male sex, young adults, analyzed in light of the theory of cognitive behavioral approach, to describe cognitive distortions around male homosexuality. It has been obtained as a result, that many of the behaviors and homophobic thoughts are based on imperatives (should), emotional reasoning, among other cognitive distortions, mainly related to gender, religion, biology and social expectations.

Keywords : Homosexuality; Homophobia; Cognitive Distortions; Sexuality; Discrimination.

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