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Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Identities over the
 LifespanPsychological Perspectives$
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Anthony R. DʼAugelli and Charlotte J. Patterson

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195082319

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195082319.001.0001

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Bisexual Identities

Bisexual Identities

(p.48) 3 Bisexual Identities
Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Identities over the Lifespan

Ronald C. fox

Oxford University Press

The concept of bisexuality has certainly had an adequate amount of attention from scholars and researchers around the globe. Different theories and models have been used to explain how it occurs in the life of a man. In this chapter, bisexuality is viewed in terms of various theories such as psychoanalytic theory, development theory, and sexual orientation theory to help explain its shift from the transitional event it used to be viewed as to the distinct sexual orientation as we perceive it today. The theories show that individuals arrive at their sexual identities after taking several probable routes that can be stimulated by social and personal influences. In the surveys conducted a more accurate characterization of experimental groups manifests if participants are sufficiently discriminated by sexual orientation. The chapter also gives empirical data that describe patterns, similarities, and differences in the development of bisexuals, lesbians, and gay identities.

Keywords:   bisexuality, bisexual identity, psychoanalytic theory, development theory, sexual orientation theory, sexual orientation

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