Title

Factors Distinguishing Samples of Lesbian and Heterosexual Women

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1991

Department

Psychology

Abstract

This study utilized non-clinical samples of women and examined historical, familial, sexual, and attitudinal variables to assess differences between groups endorsing heterosexual or homosexual orientations. Drawing from social learnign theory, researchers expected the lesbian group to report more negative childhood sexual experiences with males, more positive childhood sexual experiences with females, more accepting parental attitudes toward sexuality and sexual experimentation, and more distant relationships with parents. Results indicate tha, rather than childhood sexual experiences distinguishing groups, respondents' current attitudes are significant between-group discriminators. These findings are consistent with the recent body of literature that suggests that sexual orientation cannot be explained in terms of early sexual trauma or negative heterosexual experiences.

Publication Title

Journal of Homosexuality

Volume

21

Issue

4

First Page

1

Last Page

15