Standard Article


  1. Nathan Grant Smith

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0133

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Smith, N. G. 2010. Bisexuality. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

Author Information

  1. McGill University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Bisexuality is a sexual orientation characterized by attraction to members of more than one sex. Often, bisexuality is thought of as attraction to both men and women; however, neither sex (i.e., biological and chromosomal traits that determine whether a person is male or female) nor gender (i.e., socially constructed behaviors and traits associated with femininity and masculinity) are always dichotomous. As with other sexual orientations (i.e., heterosexual, lesbian, gay), a bisexual orientation is an enduring pattern of attraction, sexual behavior, emotional affection, social contacts, and personal identity oriented toward individuals of more than one sex.


  • bisexuality;
  • sexual orientation;
  • identity development;
  • discrimination;
  • stereotypes