The Sell Assessment of Sexual Orientation: Background and Scoring

  title={The Sell Assessment of Sexual Orientation: Background and Scoring},
  author={Randall Sell},
  journal={Journal of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Identity},
  • R. Sell
  • Published 1 October 1996
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Identity
The measurement of sexual orientations in research studies is becoming increasingly prevalent despite little critical examination of how this should be done. This paper reviews how sexual orientations have been measured historically, and provides a review of the strengths and limitations of each measure. Measures of sexual orientation are categorized as: 1) dichotomous, 2) bipolar (such as the Kinsey Scale), 3) multidimensional (such as the Klein Scale), and/or 4) orthogonal (such as the scale… 

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