ERIC Number: EJ733885
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
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Victimization Over the Life Span: A Comparison of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Heterosexual Siblings
Balsam, Kimberly F.; Rothblum, Esther D.; Beauchaine, Theodore P.
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, v73 n3 p477-487 Jun 2005
Lifetime victimization was examined in a primarily European American sample that comprised 557 lesbian/gay, 163 bisexual, and 525 heterosexual adults. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) participants were recruited via LGB e-mail lists, periodicals, and organizations; these participants recruited 1 or more siblings for participation in the study (81% heterosexual, 19% LGB). In hierarchical linear modeling analyses, sexual orientation was a significant predictor of most of the victimization variables. Compared with heterosexual participants, LGB participants reported more childhood psychological and physical abuse by parents or caretakers, more childhood sexual abuse, more partner psychological and physical victimization in adulthood, and more sexual assault experiences in adulthood. Sexual orientation differences in sexual victimization were greater among men than among women.
Descriptors: Psychology, Siblings, Sexual Orientation, Sexual Abuse, Homosexuality, Child Abuse, Adults, Interpersonal Relationship, Measures (Individuals)
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