Defining and Measuring Sexual Orientation: A Review

  title={Defining and Measuring Sexual Orientation: A Review},
  author={Randall Sell},
  journal={Archives of Sexual Behavior},
  • R. Sell
  • Published 1 December 1997
  • Psychology
  • Archives of Sexual Behavior
How to define and identify sexual orientations for the purpose of constructing representative samples of homosexuals, bisexuals, and heterosexuals is unclear and confusing to researchers. Different definitions and measures have been proposed and used to develop samples since the 1860s when sexual orientations first gained widespread research interest. Unfortunately, the definitions and measurement tools used since men result in the selection of divergent and incomparable samples. If advances in… 

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