Sex differences in interpersonal problems: Does sexual orientation moderate?

Debbiesiu L. Lee, Lynn E. Harkless, Daniel J. Sheridan, Emily Winakur, Blaine J. Fowers

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Abstract

Sexual orientation was examined as a moderator in the relation between biological sex and interpersonal problems. Participants were 60 lesbians, 45 heterosexual women, 37 gay men, and 39 heterosexual men, who completed the Inventory of Interpersonal Problems-Circumplex. Sexual orientation was found to moderate one of the eight interpersonal problems under study. Heterosexual women scored significantly higher than lesbian women in Non-assertive. Although hypothesized, gay men did not differ from heterosexual men along the Dominant-Cold quadrant. Implications of these results are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-87
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied
Volume147
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

Keywords

  • gay men
  • interpersonal problems
  • lesbians
  • sex differences
  • sexual orientation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)

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