A Critique of BEM's “Exotic Becomes Erotic” Theory of Sexual Orientation Development

  title={A Critique of BEM's “Exotic Becomes Erotic” Theory of Sexual Orientation Development},
  author={Joseph Nicolosi and A. Dean Byrd},
  journal={Psychological Reports},
  pages={931 - 946}
A critique of Bem's “Exotic Becomes Erotic” theory (1996) on the development of male homosexuality was offered. Limitations were outlined in light of relevant research findings. The authors proposed an alternative model to explain male homosexuality, i.e., reparation of early boyhood trauma, which better accounts for significant psychodynamic elements and available research. Finally, comparisons were made between specific elements of the two models. 

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