Date of Award:

1987

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Psychology

Advisor/Chair:

William R. Dobson

Abstract

Capacity for intimacy was examined as a function of sexual orientation. Sixty-six volunteers comprised four groups: heterosexual males, homosexual males, heterosexual females and homosexual females. Subjects' ages ranged from 19 to 61 and education levels ranged from 10 to 21 years of schooling. The four groups were comparable in terms of age, education level and general mental health.

Each volunteer responded to the following instruments: the Orlofsky Intimacy Interview (questionnaire format), the Yufit Intimacy-Isolation Questionnaire, the Rubin Like Scale, the Rubin Love Scale and the Gordon Personal Profile ( used to assess general mental health) . Responses were compiled and analyzed by either an analysis of variance or a chi-square technique.

The stereotype of the male homosexual as one who is incapable of achieving intimacy was not supported by this study. Likewise, it was found that lesbian women do not differ significantly from heterosexual women in their capacity for intimacy.

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