An exploratory study of differences in views of factors affecting sexual orientation for a sample of lesbians and gay men

Melanie D. Otis, William F. Skinner

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Abstract

An exploratory study of lesbians (70) and gay men (118) from a rural state in the mid-South was conducted using a self-administered, mail-out survey. The nonrandom sample was drawn from organizational mailing lists, snowball sampling, and a convenience sample at a community event, Respondents were asked to indicate the extent to which each of the following affected sexual orientation: genetics, relationship between parents, relationship with parents, birth order, peers, growing up in a dysfunctional family, growing up in a single-parent family, negative experiences with the opposite sex, and positive experiences with the same sex. Similar to studies of heterosexual men and women, these gay men were more likely to view sexual orientation as a result of genetics than the lesbian respondents. Further, the lesbian group were more likely to view positive relationships with the same sex to have a great influence on sexual orientation. These data indicate there are sex differences in views on factors that affect sexual orientation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1173-1179
Number of pages7
JournalPsychological Reports
Volume94
Issue number3 II
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology (all)

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