Sexual Identity: Research Strategies

  • Richard Green
Part of the Perspectives in Sexuality book series (Persp. Sex.)


Children from the first 2 years of life show an awareness that they are either male or female. Later they usually behave in ways culturally appropriate to this awareness. Still later they exhibit a preference for sexual partners of one or the other sex. These three developmental phases, (1) core-morphologic identity, (2) gender role behavior, and (3) sexual partner orientation, constitute sexual identity, a basic personality feature. My concern is with how sexual identity develops. Many strategies exist for answering this question; some will be reviewed here.


Sexual Identity Masculine Behavior Feminine Behavior Gender Role Behavior Genital Sexuality 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Green
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  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and Department of PsychologyState University of New York at Stony BrookStony BrookUSA

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