An Exploratory Study of the Categorical Versus Spectrum Nature of Sexual Orientation

  title={An Exploratory Study of the Categorical Versus Spectrum Nature of Sexual Orientation},
  author={Ritch C. Savin-Williams},
  journal={The Journal of Sex Research},
  pages={446 - 453}
This exploratory study investigated the nature of sexual orientation (categorical or spectrum) by assessing the relative ability of sexual and romantic indicators to be predicted by sexual orientation labels. Young adults from a variety of community and college venues (N =292) reported their sexual orientation label on a 9-point scale; from a 10-item list, their sexual identity; and the percentage of their sexual attraction, fantasy, genital contact, infatuation, and romantic relationship… 

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