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Sexual orientation and personality.
Annu Rev Sex Res. 2005; 16:119-53.AR

Abstract

The relation between sexual orientation and personality was examined in a meta-analysis with a total sample of 2,724 heterosexual men, 799 gay men, 157 bisexual men, 5,053 heterosexual women, 697 lesbian women, and 317 bisexual women. Self-ascribed masculinity-femininity (Self-M-F) and gender-related interests showed the largest heterosexual-homosexual differences (respective ds = .60 and 1.28 for men, and -1.28 and -1.46 for women) and the largest sex differences (respective ds = 2.83 and 2.65). Instrumentality and expressiveness showed much smaller heterosexual-homosexual and sex differences. Big Five traits showed a number of small-to-moderate heterosexual-homosexual and sex differences. Bisexual men were much more like gay men than like heterosexual men in their Self-M-F and gender-related interests, whereas bisexual women were intermediate between lesbian and heterosexual women. Homosexual participants were more variable on some gender-related traits than same-sex heterosexuals were. The gender inversion hypothesis-that gay men's traits tend to be somewhat feminized and that lesbians' traits tend to be somewhat masculinized-received considerable support. Results are discussed in terms of biological and psychosocial theories of gender and sexual orientation.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, California State University, Fullerton 92834, USA. rlippa@fullerton.edu

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Meta-Analysis

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16913290

Citation

Lippa, Richard A.. "Sexual Orientation and Personality." Annual Review of Sex Research, vol. 16, 2005, pp. 119-53.
Lippa RA. Sexual orientation and personality. Annu Rev Sex Res. 2005;16:119-53.
Lippa, R. A. (2005). Sexual orientation and personality. Annual Review of Sex Research, 16, 119-53.
Lippa RA. Sexual Orientation and Personality. Annu Rev Sex Res. 2005;16:119-53. PubMed PMID: 16913290.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Sexual orientation and personality. A1 - Lippa,Richard A, PY - 2006/8/18/pubmed PY - 2006/9/15/medline PY - 2006/8/18/entrez SP - 119 EP - 53 JF - Annual review of sex research JO - Annu Rev Sex Res VL - 16 N2 - The relation between sexual orientation and personality was examined in a meta-analysis with a total sample of 2,724 heterosexual men, 799 gay men, 157 bisexual men, 5,053 heterosexual women, 697 lesbian women, and 317 bisexual women. Self-ascribed masculinity-femininity (Self-M-F) and gender-related interests showed the largest heterosexual-homosexual differences (respective ds = .60 and 1.28 for men, and -1.28 and -1.46 for women) and the largest sex differences (respective ds = 2.83 and 2.65). Instrumentality and expressiveness showed much smaller heterosexual-homosexual and sex differences. Big Five traits showed a number of small-to-moderate heterosexual-homosexual and sex differences. Bisexual men were much more like gay men than like heterosexual men in their Self-M-F and gender-related interests, whereas bisexual women were intermediate between lesbian and heterosexual women. Homosexual participants were more variable on some gender-related traits than same-sex heterosexuals were. The gender inversion hypothesis-that gay men's traits tend to be somewhat feminized and that lesbians' traits tend to be somewhat masculinized-received considerable support. Results are discussed in terms of biological and psychosocial theories of gender and sexual orientation. SN - 1053-2528 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16913290/Sexual_orientation_and_personality_ L2 - https://medlineplus.gov/lgbtqhealth.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -