Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 11, Issue 6, pp 511–520

A family study of sexual orientation

  • Richard C. Pillard
  • Jeannette Poumadere
  • Ruth A. Carretta
Article

Abstract

Unmarried men aged 25–35 were recruited through newspaper and radio advertisements for a family studyof sexual orientation.Fifty predominantly homosexual and 50 predominantly heterosexual men comprised the index subjects. The test, questionnaire, and interview battery is described. Subjects were asked about the sexual orientations of their relatives. The homosexual index men report a significant excess of homosexual brothers and more distant male relatives but not of homosexual sisters or female relatives. Moreover, the percentage of homosexual brothers increases with the Kinsey rating of the index subjects. Overall, about 25% of brothers of homosexual men are reported also to be homosexual.

Key words

family study homosexuality sexual orientation genetics heredity 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard C. Pillard
    • 1
  • Jeannette Poumadere
    • 1
  • Ruth A. Carretta
    • 1
  1. 1.Family Studies Laboratory, Department of Biobehavioral SciencesBoston University School of MedicineBostonUSA

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