Sexual Orientation, Roots of
Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Diamond, M. 2010. Sexual Orientation, Roots of. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
No one is certain why a majority of individuals are heterosexual and a minority are homosexual, or why some of us accept the sex in which we are born and others do not. Most clues, however, point to genetic and endocrine forces interacting with postnatal social experiences. These biological factors set a bias with which the individual meets society to effect sexual orientation and sexual identity. Not everyone, however, sees biology as playing so strong a role.
- child development;
- developmental psychology;
- sexual orientation