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Psychology Research Methods Journal

Abstract

There are several studies that suggest a biological indicator linked to homosexuality among men (see for example, LeVay & Hamer, 1994); however, such a finding is lacking among women. The studies that were focused on homosexuality among women were focused only on the prevailing stereotypes (Blinde & Taub, 1992; Knight & Giuliano, 2003; Mereish & Poteat, 2015; Morandini Blaszczynski, Costa, Godwin, & Dar-Nimrod, 2017). Therefore, the purpose of this study is to find out whether the proportion of lesbians among athletes does differ from the general population and if there is any difference between individual sports and team sports. Several researchers mentioned that female athletes who compete in traditionally masculine team sports are more likely to be homosexual (Blinde & Taub, 1992; Knight & Giuliano, 2003; Mereish & Poteat, 2015) and I wanted to see whether this is true or not. Therefore, I created five questions that addressed women’s sexual orientation and their openness to sexuality. This study was composed of 51 female adult participants who took my survey. The collected data were analyzed by descriptive statistics. Finally, the findings showed that there are fewer lesbian women in the general population than in sports, and that there was significant difference between lesbian women in individual sports and team sports.

Publication Date

2019

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