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Gender nonconformity, sexual orientation, and psychological well-being

Rieger, G and Savin-Williams, RC (2012) 'Gender nonconformity, sexual orientation, and psychological well-being.' Archives of Sexual Behavior, 41 (3). 611 - 621. ISSN 0004-0002

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Abstract

Both a same-sex sexual orientation and gender nonconformity have been linkedwith poorerwell-being; however, sexual orientation and gender nonconformity are also correlated. It is, therefore, critical to investigate their independent contributions towell-being.Based on survey responses of 230 female and 245male high school seniors, the present study is one of the first to provide empirical data on this topic. Both childhood and adolescent gender nonconformity were negatively related to well-being. In the same analyses, neither sexual orientation nor biological sex was a significant predictor of well-being. These results suggest that gender-Atypical traits may bemore relevant for psychological healththan a same-sex sexual orientation. Both environmental and biological influences may account for these findings. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012.

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 12:53
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2017 12:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/8071

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