Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 10, Issue 6, pp 505–513 | Cite as

Parental backgrounds of homosexual and heterosexual men: A cross national replication

  • Marvin Siegelman


In the present study of British respondents, few differences were found in the parental backgrounds of homosexual vs. heterosexual males. These findings were similar to those reported for male homosexuals vs. male heterosexuals living in the United States. It is suggested that a multifactorial and developmental theory of sexual orientation, including a more precise definition of homosexuality-heterosexuality, is needed to replace the simplistic and thus far generally unsupported explanations involving limited types of parental behavior.

Key words

homosexuality parental background males heterosexuality femininity psychological adjustment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marvin Siegelman
    • 1
  1. 1.The School of EducationThe City College of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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