"Mostly straight" young women: variations in sexual behavior and identity development.

  title={"Mostly straight" young women: variations in sexual behavior and identity development.},
  author={Elisabeth Morgan Thompson and Elizabeth M. Morgan},
  journal={Developmental psychology},
  volume={44 1},
Researchers have begun to explore and identify various gradations in sexual orientation identity, paying attention to alternative sexual identity categories and attempting to clarify potential subtypes of same-sex sexuality, particularly among women. This study utilizes both quantitative and qualitative data to explore the behavioral experiences and identity development processes among women of a particular sexual identity subtype, "mostly straight." Participants were 349 female college… 

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