The Biological Basis of Sexual Orientation

Authored by: Qazi Rahman

Handbook of Clinical Sexuality for Mental Health Professionals

Print publication date:  February  2016
Online publication date:  January  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138860254
eBook ISBN: 9781315716596
Adobe ISBN: 9781317507468

10.4324/9781315716596.ch23

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Abstract

One of the most enduring scientific questions in sexology concerns the origins of variation in human sexual orientation. Here I review in brief the evidence for biological involvement in sexual orientation (an area I have worked in for about 10 years). I will not have space to discuss the social and clinical implications of the biological findings. Suffice it to say that my view is that understanding the origins of sexual orientation is important and may be useful in initiatives to promote an appreciation and acceptance of sexual and gender diversity, either in therapy or more broadly in education and cultural awareness.

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