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Defining and Measuring Sexual Orientation for Research

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Conceptually defining populations, such as those defined by race and ethnicity, and developing methods to identify members of those populations operationally have continually challenged researchers (LaVeist, 2002). Today, as scientists begin to treat sexual orientation as a demographic variable like race and ethnicity, it is important to examine critically and clarify our conceptualizations of sexual orientation as well as critically examine measures used for operationally identifying the sexual orientation of research subjects.

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  • Sexual Behavior
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Sexual Contact
  • Sexual Attraction
  • Sexual Fantasy

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This chapter has been adapted from Sell, R.L. Defining and measuring sexual orientation: a review. Archives of Sexual Behavior 1997;26:643–58.

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Sell, R.L. (2007). Defining and Measuring Sexual Orientation for Research. In: Meyer, I.H., Northridge, M.E. (eds) The Health of Sexual Minorities. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-31334-4_14

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