Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 9–25

Adjustment of male homosexuals and heterosexuals

  • Marvin Siegelman

DOI: 10.1007/BF01542016

Cite this article as:
Siegelman, M. Arch Sex Behav (1972) 2: 9. doi:10.1007/BF01542016


A consideration of the marked disagreement in the literature concerning the adjustment of homosexuals compared to heterosexuals led to the present study. Male homosexuals (307) and male heterosexuals (137), obtained from nonclinical sources, responded to questionnaires measuring several adjustment variables. For the total samples, the homosexuals, compared to the heterosexuals, described themselves as less well adjusted on four scales, better adjusted on three scales, and not different on six scales. A select group of masculine homosexuals, in contrast to masculine heterosexuals, reported better adjustment on six factors, no differences on six dimensions, and atypical adjustment on one factor. The importance of considering nonclinical masculine vs. feminine homosexuals and heterosexuals, the multifactorial nature of adjustment, and the problem of subject selection are discussed.

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1972

Authors and Affiliations

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

Personalised recommendations