article: "...certain psychological traits, along with maladaptive defense mechanisms, could potentially feed into homophobic attitudes
not that one causes the other.
Though within this, interesting that:
article: "...researchers found evidence for psychological traits within homophobic individuals; these people were more likely to display psychoticism
as opposed to
"...participants who showed more neurotic forms of defense mechanisms, along with depression, were less likely to display homophobic traits..."
Some of that seems counterintuitive. I'd tend to associate psychoticism with creativity so I'd have guessed wrong by this study, thinking that leaning towards psychotic would be more accepting and those leaning towards neurotic (I'm picturing a wacked out housewife church lady) less accepting. Though they also put on that side depression which is often introspective so that might then likely be a more accepting, mitigating aspect to that side, unless, I suppose, if the person fights depression with delusion lol.
So the interesting part of the study is that they found it more in a certain type of disorder. I believe that would not be considered a matter of cause but of interest because they might be, as found, co-existing.
The very relevant aspect of the article is as it states that whereas before we had been considered to be the mental health disorder in all this societal nonsense, when all along it was them; they who are likely disordered. And that is significant. Late, but significant.