Imaging the brain at multiple scales: how to integrate multi...
The idea that sexual orientation is a discrete quality, that is to say one is either
homosexual, heterosexual or bisexual is a fairly modern concept. However, the differences between sexual orientations might not be as severe as one might think. In ‘Development Through Life: a Psychological Approach’ Newman discusses sexual orientation as a continuum once more, rather than as discrete values. According to this text, it is during late adolescence that sexual orientation is decided. Though part of this decision is assumed to depend on inherent factors, an individual can be significantly affected by environmental factors such as culture (2000). The contemporary concept of sexual orientation
being a discrete quality influences the child in developing its own orientation and can lead to a
self-fulfilling prophecy. This research was aiming at investigating whether the boundaries that
have been reinforced through environmental factors during adolescence may be weakened.
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