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A Nuanced Perspective of Sexual Orientation and its Relationship with Well-being: Differentiating Sexual and Non-sexual Attractions in Heterosexual and Sexual Minority Women and Men

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dc.contributor.advisor Davila, Joanne en_US
dc.contributor.author Yoneda, Athena en_US
dc.contributor.other Department of Clinical Psychology en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-15T18:07:37Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-15T18:07:37Z
dc.date.issued 1-Aug-10 en_US
dc.date.submitted Aug-10 en_US
dc.identifier Yoneda_grad.sunysb_0771E_10173.pdf en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1951/55683
dc.description.abstract Research has demonstrated that violating the norm of heterosexuality by endorsing a sexual minority identity is associated with poorer psychological well-being. Such studies have failed to take into account the multifaceted nature of sexual orientation, looking primarily at identity, and failing to examine other components, namely same-sex attractions. The present study examined same-sex and other-sex sexual and non-sexual (emotional, romantic) attractions in an Internet sample of 532 adults (n = 244 heterosexual, n = 288 sexual minority). Findings established preliminary support for a measure of sexual and non-sexual attractions, and demonstrate that sexual and non-sexual attractions can be differentiated in heterosexual, gay, and lesbian individuals. The prediction that women would endorse greater emotional attraction than men was supported. The prediction that greater same-sex attractions, particularly sexual, would be associated with poorer well-being was partially supported, with greater same-sex sexual attraction associated with greater loneliness. Contrary to predictions, same-sex attractions were not associated with poorer well-being for men more so than for women. Results from this study highlight the importance of assessing same-sex and other-sex sexual and non-sexual attractions in men and women of different sexual orientations, and provide further support that people experience attractions contradictory to their sexual orientation identity. Further, not all aspects of same-sex sexual orientation (i.e., same-sex attractions) are related to poorer well-being. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Stony Brook University Libraries. SBU Graduate School in Department of Clinical Psychology. Lawrence Martin (Dean of Graduate School). en_US
dc.format Electronic Resource en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Psychology, Clinical en_US
dc.subject.other Attractions, Sexual fluidity, Sexual orientation en_US
dc.title A Nuanced Perspective of Sexual Orientation and its Relationship with Well-being: Differentiating Sexual and Non-sexual Attractions in Heterosexual and Sexual Minority Women and Men en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.advisor Advisor(s): Joanne Davila. Committee Member(s): Marvin Goldfried; Bonita London-Thompson; Victoria Hesford. en_US
dc.mimetype Application/PDF en_US


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