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Same-sex sexual attraction does not spread in adolescent social networks

Brakefield, Tiffany A. and Mednick, Sara C. and Wilson, Helen W. and De Neve, Jan-Emmanuel and Christakis, Nicholas A. and Fowler, James H. (2014) Same-sex sexual attraction does not spread in adolescent social networks. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43 (2). pp. 335-344. ISSN 0004-0002

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s10508-013-0142-9

Abstract

Peers have a powerful effect on adolescents' beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. Here, we examine the role of social networks in the spread of attitudes towards sexuality using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health). Although we found evidence that both sexual activity (OR = 1.79) and desire to have a romantic relationship (OR = 2.69) may spread from person to person, attraction to same sex partners did not spread (OR = 0.96). Analyses of comparable power to those that suggest positive and significant peer-to-peer influence in sexual behavior fail to demonstrate a significant relationship on sexual attraction between friends or siblings. These results suggest that peer influence has little or no effect on the tendency toward heterosexual or homosexual attraction in teens, and that sexual orientation is not transmitted via social networks.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.springer.com/psychology/personality+%26...
Additional Information: © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2013 11:57
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2014 14:25
Projects: P01-AG031093, K01 MH080992
Funders: National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Mental Health
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/51257

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