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Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 38, Issue 5, pp 619–621 | Cite as

Methodological Issues for Studying Asexuality

  • Andrew C. Hinderliter
Letter to the Editor

To date, asexuality has received little research attention and methodological issues for studying this population remain largely unaddressed. Studies have drawn on existing approaches and instruments and what asexuals themselves have learned in discoursing with each other has not always been consistently taken into account in research designs. I discuss operational definitions, sampling problems, and limitations of existing instruments in light of my own experience with the asexual community.

Operational Definitions

Asexuality has been variously operationally defined: in terms of (little or no) sexual attraction (Bogaert, 2004; Storms, 1980), sexual preference (Nurius, 1983), and asexual self-identification (Prause & Graham, 2007). In future research on the topic, I expect the two most common to be asexual self-identification and (little or) no sexual attraction.

Asexual self-identification has been operationalized in three ways: requiring people to say that they are asexual to...

Keywords

Sexual Orientation Sexual Desire Sexual Attraction Subordinate Clause Romantic Attraction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsUniversity of IllinoisUrbanaUSA

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