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Title: Beyond Heterosexual, Bisexual, and Homosexual: A Diversity in Sexual Identity Expression
Contributor(s): Walton, Michael T (author); Lykins, Amy  (author)orcid ; Bhullar, Navjot  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2016
DOI: 10.1007/s10508-016-0778-3
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Abstract: In creating his Heterosexual-Homosexual rating scale, Kinsey conceptualized sexual orientation on a Likert-type scale from exclusive heterosexual attraction (score of 0) to exclusive homosexual attraction (score of 6),with bisexuality falling in the middle (Kinsey, Pomeroy, & Martin, 1948/1998; Kinsey, Pomeroy, Martin, & Gebhard, 1953/1998). Kinsey also recognized that some persons are asexual, which he described as an absence of "social-sexual contact or reactions" (Kinsey et al., 1948/1998). Indeed, asexual persons are thought to exhibit little or no sexual attraction (Bogaert, 2004; Hinderliter, 2009). However, the orientation of asexuality exists outside of the Kinsey 6-point rating scale, because of the inherent difficulty incorporating persons who report a complete lack of interest in sexual behavior within Kinsey's one-dimensional conceptualization of sexual orientation. In addition, the Kinsey scale does not consider diverse descriptions of sexual identity, such as pansexual or non-binary gender, which in recent years anecdotally appear to have gained limited acceptance among some small and diverse communities. Therefore, the Kinsey scale may not adequately reflect current expressions of sexual identity, particularly in Western society.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Archives of Sexual Behavior, 45(7), p. 1591-1597
Publisher: Springer New York LLC
Place of Publication: New York, United States of America
ISSN: 0004-0002
Field of Research (FoR) 2008: 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
170105 Gender Psychology
Field of Research (FoR) 2020: 520303 Counselling psychology
520304 Health psychology
520302 Clinical psychology
520502 Gender psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: undefined
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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