Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 43, Issue 6, pp 1027–1030 | Cite as

The Politicization of Gay Youth Health: Response to Li, Katz-Wise, and Calzo (2014)

  • Ritch C. Savin-Williams
  • Kara Joyner
Letter to the Editor

The purpose of our original essay (Savin-Williams & Joyner, 2014) was to caution researchers against accepting Add Health’s Wave 1 adolescents who reported romantic attraction exclusively to the same-sex or to both sexes as if they were, in reality, gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Based on previous large-scale research using self-administered surveys with youth, we argued that these apparent sexual minority youth were, to a large extent, adolescents who did not understand the meaning of the term romantic attraction or were adolescent pranksters. Two telling signs were the exceptionally and unexpectedly large number of seemingly gay/bisexual youth in the dataset and their identification as heterosexual in future waves of data collection. A previous explanation offered by Russell and Seif (2010) to account for these discrepancies, which we dismissed as highly unlikely given previous developmental research, was endorsed by Li, Katz-Wise, and Calzo (2014): Gay, lesbian, and bisexual...


Sexual Orientation Health Disparity Sexual Minority Minority Stress Sexual Minority Youth 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Human DevelopmentCornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyBowling Green State UniversityBowling GreenUSA

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