Female Bisexuality From Adolescence to Adulthood : Results From a 10 - Year Longitudinal Study

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Abstract

See, stats, and : https : // www . researchgate . net / publication / 5657569 Female Adulthood : Results - Year Longitudinal Article DOI : 10 . 1037 / 0012 - 1649. 44 . 1 . 5 : PubMed CITATIONS 246 READS 260 1 : Lisa University 97, 439 SEE All . The . Debates persist over whether bisexuality is a temporary stage of denial or transition , a stable " 3rd type " of sexual orientation , or a heightened capacity for sexual fluidity . The present study uses 5 waves of longitudinal data collected from 79 lesbian , bisexual , and " unlabeled " women to evaluate these models .Boththe"3rdorientation"and"fluidity"modelshadsupport,butthe"transitionalstage"modeldidnot.Over10years,2/3ofwomenchangedtheidentitylabelstheyhadclaimedatthebeginningofthestudy,and1/3changedlabels2ormoretimes.Yet,contrarytothe"transitionalstage"model,morewomenadoptedbisexual/unlabeledidentitiesthanrelinquishedtheseidentities;fewbisexual/unlabeledwomenendedupidentifyingaslesbianorheterosexual.Overall,themostcommonlyadoptedidentitywas"unlabeled."Bisexual/unlabeledwomenhadstableoveralldistributionsofsame-sex/other-sexattractionsbutgreaterabsolutefluctuationsinattractionsfromassessmenttoassessmentthanlesbians.Allwomenreporteddeclinesintheirratioofsame-sextoother-sexbehaviorovertime.Thesefindingsdemonstratethatthedistinctionbetweenlesbianismandbisexualityisamatterofdegreeratherthankind.

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  • bisexuality
  • longitudinalstudy
  • psychosexualdevelopment
  • sexualorientation

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  • Lisa M Diamond

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