Bisexual female adolescents: A critical analysis of past research, and results from a national survey

Stephen T. Russel, Hinda Seif

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Abstract

Little is known about bisexual female adolescents from the existing empirical social science research literature. We review past studies, highlighting the barriers in the methods and methodologies that have limited our understanding of female adolescent bisexuality. Using data from the first and second waves of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, we present findings that show (1) the prevalence of both-sex romantic attraction and relationships among young women, (2) the tendency for underrepresentation of females reporting both-sex attraction and relationships in the study, and (3) the fluidity of romantic attractions and relationships over the 18-month period between waves of the study. Implications for popular and scientific conceptions of female adolescent bisexuality are discussed, as are challenges for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)492-509
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Bisexuality
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2010

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Bisexuality
  • Researchmethods
  • Sexuality development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Cultural Studies

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