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The Dubious Assessment of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Adolescents of Add Health

Overview of attention for article published in Archives of Sexual Behavior, December 2013
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Title
The Dubious Assessment of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Adolescents of Add Health
Published in
Archives of Sexual Behavior, December 2013
DOI 10.1007/s10508-013-0219-5
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Authors

Ritch C. Savin-Williams, Kara Joyner

Abstract

In this essay, we argue that researchers who base their investigations of nonheterosexuality derived from reports of romantic attractions of adolescent participants from Wave 1 of Add Health must account for their disappearance in future waves of data collection. The high prevalence of Wave 1 youth with either both-sex or same-sex romantic attractions was initially striking and unexpected. Subsequent data from Add Health indicated that this prevalence sharply declined over time such that over 70 % of these Wave 1 adolescents identified as exclusively heterosexual as Wave 4 young adults. Three explanations are proposed to account for the high prevalence rate and the temporal inconsistency: (1) gay adolescents going into the closet during their young adult years; (2) confusion regarding the use and meaning of romantic attraction as a proxy for sexual orientation; and (3) the existence of mischievous adolescents who played a "jokester" role by reporting same-sex attraction when none was present. Relying on Add Health data, we dismissed the first explanation as highly unlikely and found support for the other two. Importantly, these "dubious" gay, lesbian, and bisexual adolescents may have led researchers to erroneously conclude from the data that sexual-minority youth are more problematic than heterosexual youth in terms of physical, mental, and social health.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 1 1%
Unknown 67 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 21 31%
Student > Doctoral Student 10 15%
Researcher 8 12%
Student > Master 7 10%
Student > Bachelor 4 6%
Other 18 26%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 28 41%
Psychology 20 29%
Unspecified 11 16%
Medicine and Dentistry 4 6%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 2 3%
Other 3 4%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 145. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 15 August 2019.
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#99,082
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#76
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#1,698
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#1
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