Beliefs about Sexual Orientation

Together with Dr. Julie Arseneau and Dr. Joe Miles, SART developed a survey-based instrument designed to assess beliefs about sexual orientation. This line of research explores what individuals believe about the nature and origins of sexual orientation and sexual orientation categories (e.g., gay, lesbian, bisexual), as well as the implications of these beliefs for attitudes toward sexual minorities. This research has produced multiple manuscripts and has received international attention.

Learn more about this research area and related projects:

Beyond “Born This Way?” Reconsidering Sexual Orientation Beliefs and Attitudes (Grzanka, Zeiders, & Miles, 2015), Journal of Counseling Psychology

Making Up Allies: The Identity Choreography of Straight LGBT Activism (Grzanka, Adler, & Blazer, 2015), Sexuality Research and Social Policy. 

Queer Youth Suicide and the Psychopolitics of “It Gets Better” (Grzanka & Mann, 2014), Sexualities.

Development and Initial Validation of the Sexual Orientation Beliefs Scale (SOBS) (Arseneau, Grzanka, Miles, & Fassinger, 2013), Journal of Counseling Psychology

“Born that way” and other notions: Measuring sexual minority individuals’ beliefs about sexual orientation (Arseneau, 2008)

Essentialism, constructionism and why I like plaid (Grzanka, 2012) @ Gender Across Borders

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