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The overseas instruction manual at the Demography of Sexuality is the 1st publication to particularly handle the examine of sexuality from a demographic point of view. Demographic study has mostly paid little cognizance to sexuality as a complete, or sexual orientation particularly, except in stories analyzing the “consequences” of intercourse – sexually transmitted infections or fertility. in its place, the content material of this guide explores inhabitants sexuality with a view to describe the superiority of sexual behaviors, wishes, and identities, in addition to their connections with different demographic results. the focal point is on examining sexuality as a demographic subject in its personal correct, instead of completely as a variable in reports of sexually transmitted an infection or different health-related subject matters. during this e-book, either researchers with conventional demographic backgrounds, in addition to people with education in different disciplines, supply an outline of the nation of present study on inhabitants sexuality. those chapters supply a beginning for the advance of study within the burgeoning box of the demography of sexuality.

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5 Recommended Survey Items to Accompany Questions About Sexual Orientation Alongside items assessing the different dimensions of sexual orientation, it is important to gather information regarding respondents’ marital status, partnership status, and cohabitation status. Doing so allows researchers to identify same-sex couples and explore correlates of relationship status and sexual orientation. Questions about marital status capture legal relationships, partnership questions allow respondents to identify romantic relationships, and cohabitation questions ask about living arrangements of adults, though as yet there is no consensus about the best approach to measure these differing types of relationships.

Differences in outcomes have also been noted depending on how the category of “lesbian” is defined. Badgett (1995) analyzed General Social 36 Survey (GSS) data from 1989-1991 and found that behaviorally lesbian women (those who report some same-sex sexual partners) earn less than other women. Black (2003) also analyzed the GSS data (adding data from 1993, 1994, and 1996 to the sample used by Badgett) and used a much more restrictive definition of a lesbian sexual orientation - women who have only had samesex sexual partners in the last year.

Objectid=B4634C770F07-45CC-96B00E2C2CF7D766 31 the need for training of the appropriate responses to such requests. Training of interviewers should help contextualize the reasons for asking questions about sexual orientation so that it does not seem arbitrary or capricious to an interviewer (see, for example, Haseldon and Joloza 2009). The training should help interviewers understand that the survey team has decided that it is important to collect this information and it is the interviewers’ professional responsibility to collect it.

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