Another Look at Homosexuality

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(10), 774–775. Reviews the book, Homosexuality: A Symbolic Confusion by Ruth Tiffany Barnhouse (see record 1978-12265-000). In her discussion on sociology, Barnhouse is more on target when she states that homosexuality as an area for scientific investigation should be considered separately from the issue of whether homosexuals should be treated fairly and equitably in society. Barnhouse states that “highly competitive societies stand to produce a greater number of homosexuals than less competitive ones.” She also states that “episodic homosexuality in otherwise heterosexual men tends to appear in situations of competitive stress at the job.” No evidence is given to support either statement. Barnhouse suggests that “a small minority of committed homosexuals experience consciously the inclination of homosexuality from an early age.” This is again not supported by available data which indicate that homosexuality has early determinants and that these are consciously experienced by most homosexuals at an early age. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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