10 The Demography of Sexuality

  • Amanda K. BaumleEmail author
  • Ben Dreon
Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)


In recent years, there has been a remarkable shift in the quantity of research conducted on population sexuality, as well as the type of questions demographers are asking about sexuality. In this chapter, we describe the development of the demography of sexuality, including how changes in data availability and sociopolitical pressures have driven sexuality research. In particular, we focus on population-based research that is centered on sexual identity, behavior, or desire. In addition, we take a closer look at research conducted on non-heterosexual populations to describe some of the methodological issues and the primary findings that have emerged across the areas of prevalence, spatial distribution, labor market outcomes, and family. We then describe some of the challenges that remain for this area of research, including new research trajectories, needed data, and underexamined populations.


Sexuality Sexual identity Sexual behavior Sexual desire LGBT Heterosexual 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUniversity of OregonEugeneUSA

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