About the special issue
What part does sexual orientation play in human development? Despite the apparent significance of sexual identities in shaping lives, developmental research and theory on sexual orientation have, until recently, been relatively limited. Today, as lesbian women, gay men, and bisexual people become more open about sexual identities, psychological knowledge about the ways in which developmental processes affect and in turn are affected by sexual orientation is growing rapidly.
As the articles in this special issue reveal, groundbreaking research is being conducted, from a variety of perspectives, by investigators from many different traditions. Research on sexual orientation and human development has the potential to make important contributions both to the theory and to the practice of developmental psychology.
Articles in this issue
Sexual Orientation and Human Development: An Overview
Patterson, Charlotte J.
Prenatal Estrogens and the Development of Homosexual Orientation
Meyer-Bahlburg, Heino F. L.; Ehrhardt, Anke A.; Rosen, Laura R.; Gruen, Rhoda S.; Veridiano, Norma P.; Vann, Felix H.; Neuwalder, Herbert F.
Birth Order and Sibling Sex Ratio in Homosexual Male Adolescents and Probably Prehomosexual Feminine Boys
Blanchard, Ray; Zucker, Kenneth J.; Bradley, Susan J.; Hume, Caitlin S.
Early Hormonal Influences on Childhood Sex-Typed Activity and Playmate Preferences: Implications for the Development of Sexual Orientation
Berenbaum, Sheri A.; Snyder, Elizabeth
Childhood Sex-Typed Behavior and Sexual Orientation: A Conceptual Analysis and Quantitative Review
Bailey, J. Michael; Zucker, Kenneth J.
An Exploratory Study of Pubertal Maturation Timing and Self-Esteem Among Gay and Bisexual Male Youths
Savin-Williams, Ritch C.
The Impact of Victimization on the Mental Health and Suicidality of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Youths
Hershberger, Scott L.; D'Augelli, Anthony R.
Prevalence, Course, and Predictors of Multiple Problem Behaviors Among Gay and Bisexual Male Adolescents
Rotheram-Borus, Mary Jane; Rosario, Margaret; Van Rossem, Ronan; Reid, Helen; Gillis, Roy
Developmental Changes in Relationship Quality in Gay and Lesbian Cohabiting Couples
Kurdek, Lawrence A.
Transitions From Heterosexuality to Lesbianism: The Discursive Production of Lesbian Identities
Kitzinger, Celia; Wilkinson, Sue
Lesbians Choosing Motherhood: A Comparative Study of Lesbian and Heterosexual Parents and Their Children
Flaks, David K.; Ficher, Ilda; Masterpasqua, Frank; Joseph, Gregory
Families of the Baby Boom: Parents' Division of Labor and Children's Adjustment
Patterson, Charlotte J.
Sexual Orientation of Adult Sons of Gay Fathers
Bailey, J. Michael; Bobrow, David; Wolfe, Marilyn; Mikach, Sarah
Commentary on Sexual Orientation: Research and Social Policy Implications
Research on Sexual Orientation and Human Development: A Commentary
Strickland, Bonnie R.