Same Data, Different Perspectives: What Is at Stake? Response to Savin-Williams and Joyner (2014a)
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Savin-Williams and Joyner (2014a, b) suggested that mischievous responders who provided untruthful responses about their romantic attractions in Wave 1 of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) might have led researchers to misidentify sexual minority youth in that sample. They further warned that such misidentifications might have contributed to erroneous conclusions that “sexual-minority youth are more problematic than heterosexual youth in terms of physical, mental, and social health” (Savin-Williams & Joyner, 2014b, p. 413). They also suggested that our critique (Li, Katz-Wise, & Calzo, 2014) was an attempt to promulgate a political agenda focused on portraying sexual minority youth as victims rather than focusing on their resilience and evidence of positive youth development.
We agree with Savin-Williams and Joyner that some adolescents in Wave 1 of Add Health might have lied about their romantic attractions, yet we do not think such responses were...
KeywordsSexual Orientation Health Disparity Sexual Minority Positive Youth Development Sexual Minority Youth
The authors thank the Boston Children’s Hospital Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) working group for their help in formulating these ideas and S. Bryn Austin and Stephen T. Russell for their comments on an earlier version of this response.
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