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Sexual Orientation and Childhood Gender Nonconformity: Evidence From Home Videos

Rieger, G and Linsenmeier, JAW and Gygax, L and Bailey, JM (2008) 'Sexual Orientation and Childhood Gender Nonconformity: Evidence From Home Videos.' Developmental Psychology, 44 (1). 46 - 58. ISSN 0012-1649

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Abstract

Homosexual adults tend to be more gender nonconforming than heterosexual adults in some of their behaviors, feelings, and interests. Retrospective studies have also shown large differences in childhood gender nonconformity, but these studies have been criticized for possible memory biases. The authors studied an indicator of childhood gender nonconformity not subject to such biases: childhood home videos. They recruited homosexual and heterosexual men and women (targets) with videos from their childhood and subsequently asked heterosexual and homosexual raters to judge the gender nonconformity of the targets from both the childhood videos and adult videos made for the study. Prehomosexual children were judged more gender nonconforming, on average, than preheterosexual children, and this pattern obtained for both men and women. This difference emerged early, carried into adulthood, and was consistent with self-report. In addition, targets who were more gender nonconforming tended to recall more childhood rejection. © 2008 American Psychological Association.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2013 12:51
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 16:21
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/8069

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