ERIC Number: ED235444
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Perceptions of Self and Parents among College Students of Different Sexual Orientations.
Wright, Loyd S.; Fling, Sheila
To determine how college students would rate themselves on a 5-point continuum from homosexual to heterosexual and then to see how those classified individuals perceived themselves and their parents, 1,783 single college students (741 males, 1,032 females), between the ages of 18 and 23, completed two self-report questionnaires. The first assessed sexual orientation on a 5-point self-rating scale containing bipolar adjectives. The Family-Stress Index measured perceptions of family, parents, and self in a yes/no format. In addition, students were asked about suicidal thoughts, alcohol and drug abuse, learning disabilities, and childhood friends. The results showed that homo- and bisexuals both tended to view themselves more negatively and to remember more family stress than did heterosexuals. However, actual data analysis indicated that differences only existed between homo- and heterosexuals with respect to remembered family stress, and between bi- and heterosexuals with respect to self ratings. Bisexuals reported the lowest self concepts. Drinking problems and suicidal thoughts were highest in homosexual males, while homosexual females reported the highest incidence of learning disabilities. Future research should focus in more detail on parental variables, suicidal tendencies, and substance abuse. (Data analysis and both questionnaires are appended.) (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Southwestern Psychological Association (29th, San Antonio, TX, April 21-23, 1983).