Factors Distinguishing Samples of Lesbian and Heterosexual Women
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.
Journal of Homosexuality
Peters, D. K.,
Cantrell, P. J.
(1991). Factors Distinguishing Samples of Lesbian and Heterosexual Women. Journal of Homosexuality, 21(4), 1-15.
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