CitationKahn, Nicole Fran & Halpern, Carolyn Tucker (2018). Is gender-typed behavior associated with sexual orientation? Evidence from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health. Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America. Denver, CO.
AbstractPurpose: The goal of this paper is to examine gender-typed behavior longitudinally and consider its relationship with sexual orientation in adulthood. Method: Data were from 10,624 respondents to the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health. After stratifying by biological sex, we examined differences in gender-typed behavior among sexual orientation groups at three different developmental stages. Next, we performed longitudinal regressions to study changes in gender-typed behavior over time. Results: Respondents who identified as “100% straight” differed in gender-typed behavior from “100% gay” or “bisexual” respondents, though how much they differed varied at each wave. In general, gender intensified over time for both males and females, but there was considerable variation by sexual orientation. Discussion: Results suggest variations in gender-typed behavior, both between and within sexual orientation groups, and over time. Understanding these variations can inform future research and strategies to prevent negative psychosocial outcomes among gender-nonconforming youth.
Keyword(s)sexual minorities sexual orientation gender-typed behavior
Reference TypeConference proceeding
Book TitleAnnual Meeting of the Population Association of America
Series TitleSexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and health
Author(s)Kahn, Nicole Fran
Halpern, Carolyn Tucker