Asian-Pacific Islander Adolescent Sexual Orientation and Defensive Aggression


  • *Direct correspondence to Thomas K. Pinhey, Department of Sociology, University of Hawaii at Hilo, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo, HI 96720-4091. The data analyzed for this study were gathered for a project funded by a grant from the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, U.S. Department of Education, Grant No. S186A60121-96A. We extend our appreciation to Michael P. Perez, Randall L. Workman, and Donna Lewis Pinhey for their comments on earlier versions of this article. We also thank Veronica Edirveerasingam, Elaine Cepeda, Thomas Taisipic, and Yvonne Singeo for their valuable assistance. Thomas K. Pinhey will share data and coding information to replicate the present study.


Objective. This study used the differential-outcomes hypothesis as a theoretical guide to examine the association of Guam's same-sex- and both-sex-oriented Asian-Pacific Islander adolescents and their participation in defensive aggression.

Methods. Using ordinary least squares multiple regression analysis we tested the hypothesis with a probability sample of Guam's Asian-Pacific high school students.

Results. The results of the study demonstrated that same-sex-oriented males were less likely to participate in physical aggression and that same-sex-oriented adolescent females were significantly more likely to report that they had participated in defensive aggression.

Conclusions. Same-sex-oriented females are more likely than same-sex-oriented males to participate in defensive aggression, primarily because they may be more likely to experience threatening situations on Guam's high school campuses.