The Psychology of Everyday Life:Love, Marriage, and the Baby Carriage

Sexual Orientation

What did a 2000 study of men and women show about sexual orientation?

The data in the table below is drawn from a 2000 study by Steven Gangestad and colleagues, in which 1,759 men and 2,747 females were rated on the Kinsey Scale of sexual orientation. As you can see, the vast majority of subjects were rated as exclusively heterosexual, but 15% of men and 22% of women reported some degree of homosexual tendencies. In general, men are more likely to fall at the extreme ends of the scale, while women are more likely to fall in the middle.

Scores on the Kinsey Scale.

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