CDC Report - March 2011 of Sexual Behavior, Attraction, and Identity in the US

  • corianton

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    Mar 19, 2011 11:53 AM GMT
    I'd be interested in hearing others' reactions to this data. While I've always thought the "10% gay" asssertion was on the high side, this study, while very large and comprehensive, just seems to be on the low side ?!??

    Frankly, as a guy who has worked through the self acceptance issues and is ok with himself and has gone part way to coming out, it's a bit disappointing. Guess it will be even tougher than I thought to find a boyfriend, especially at my "advanced" age icon_rolleyes.gificon_wink.gif

    If you're interested in a detailed description of their findings you can check out the link at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr036.pdf

    Highlights:

    1. Participants were asked how they identified their sexuality.

    Total percent of Men aged 18-44 who self-identify as Homosexual or Gay: 1.7%
    Total percent of Men aged 18-44 who self-identify as Straight of Heterosexual 95.7%
    Total percent of Men aged 18-44 who self-identify as Bisexual: 1.1%
    The other 1.5 did not respond to the question

    2. Participants were also asked about their sexual attractions and given 5 choices: Only opposite sex, mostly opposite sex, both sexes equally, mostly same-sex, only same-sex.

    93.5% responded only opposite sex
    3.7% responded mostly opposite sex
    .5% equally both sexes
    .7% responded mostly same sex
    1.2% responded only same sex
    .4% weren't sureicon_wink.gif
  • dannyboy1101

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    Mar 19, 2011 6:52 PM GMT
    "it gets better!". icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Mar 19, 2011 6:55 PM GMT
    people lie in surveys because they don't believe their answers are private... no matter what the group doing the survey says.

    having said that, i believe the 10% figure as 'exclusively' homosexual is high.
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    Mar 19, 2011 6:58 PM GMT
    rightasrain saidpeople lie in surveys because they don't believe their answers are private... no matter what the group doing the survey says.

    having said that, i believe the 10% figure as 'exclusively' homosexual is high.


    I gotta agree with that.. 5% sounds reasonable to me.
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    Mar 19, 2011 6:59 PM GMT
    Then again.. the question was loaded. There are PLENTY of men who have sex with other men who don't "Identify" as gay.
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    Mar 19, 2011 7:02 PM GMT
    Figure 1 on page 29 is more telling because it displays the actual sexual activity (objective information), not self-perception (subjective information). It shows that 6% of males and 12% of females surveyed reported having had any form of sex with someone of the same gender. These too may also be an underestimation due to denial/shame issues. But then again, each person defines "gay" and "sex" differently.
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    Mar 19, 2011 7:05 PM GMT
    dsmith123 saidFigure 1 on page 29 is more telling because it displays the actual sexual activity (objective information), not self-perception (subjective information). It shows that 6% of males and 12% of females surveyed reported having had any form of sex with someone of the same gender. These too may also be an underestimation due to denial/shame issues. But then again, each person defines "gay" and "sex" differently.



    It's probably 12% for men too, but 6% of guys lie about it.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Mar 19, 2011 7:06 PM GMT
    Before we all jump to conclusions, how many people actually responded to this survey?
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    Mar 19, 2011 7:10 PM GMT
    rickrick91 said
    dsmith123 saidFigure 1 on page 29 is more telling because it displays the actual sexual activity (objective information), not self-perception (subjective information). It shows that 6% of males and 12% of females surveyed reported having had any form of sex with someone of the same gender. These too may also be an underestimation due to denial/shame issues. But then again, each person defines "gay" and "sex" differently.



    It's probably 12% for men too, but 6% of guys lie about it.


    Maybe, maybe not? The analysts can only compile and report on the information provided to them. This report is like a single frame in an ongoing movie.
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    Mar 19, 2011 7:11 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidBefore we all jump to conclusions, how many people actually responded to this survey?


    This is stated in the Methods section of the abstract in the document.
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    Mar 19, 2011 7:59 PM GMT
    Reminds me of the survey that the microbiology & public health students do every year. They ask people coming out of restrooms about their handwashing habits. (Meanwhile, someone hanging out inside has recorded the actual numbers.) Most everybody lies.
  • musclmed

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    Mar 19, 2011 8:56 PM GMT
    dsmith123 saidFigure 1 on page 29 is more telling because it displays the actual sexual activity (objective information), not self-perception (subjective information). It shows that 6% of males and 12% of females surveyed reported having had any form of sex with someone of the same gender. These too may also be an underestimation due to denial/shame issues. But then again, each person defines "gay" and "sex" differently.


    I am not an expert on psychological testing but only female interviewers were asking the questions.

    from PDF text"Each time, the interviews have been conducted in person by trained female interviewers in the selected persons’ homes
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    i briefly read through it but seems like a selection bias to have all female interviewers?

    I am guessing since the study had been done 7 times in the past they were trying to replicate the same test parameters.

    Someone with a psychology background could give some input on the effect of a all female interview setup , and a possible bias, especially when sexual topics are involved.





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    Mar 20, 2011 3:00 AM GMT
    musclmed said
    I am not an expert on psychological testing but only female interviewers were asking the questions.

    from PDF text"Each time, the interviews have been conducted in person by trained female interviewers in the selected persons’ homes
    "

    i briefly read through it but seems like a selection bias to have all female interviewers?

    I am guessing since the study had been done 7 times in the past they were trying to replicate the same test parameters.

    Someone with a psychology background could give some input on the effect of a all female interview setup , and a possible bias, especially when sexual topics are involved.


    The sentence preceding the one you quoted states, "The National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) has been conducted 7 times..." This indicates that consistency of data acquisition was the reason for the continued use of female interviewers. Assuming no temporal change in the interviewer gender * respondent gender interaction parameter, from this angle the results today can be directly compared to those of previous years. Other objective biases that could be investigated by the researchers include interviewer-respondent ethnicity differences, BMI differences, etc. However, such interactions were not the primary objective of the study. As to why female interviewers were used in the first place, this information may be found in the methodology section of the original 1973 study report.
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    Mar 20, 2011 3:55 AM GMT
    sdgman saidThen again.. the question was loaded. There are PLENTY of men who have sex with other men who don't "Identify" as gay.


    Yup! So true. They need a "gay for pay" option in these surveys. It should be something like this.

    Provided both the dick and the owner of the dick is physically and sexually attractive to you:
    a. Would you suck the dick?
    b. Would you suck the dick for $1,000?
    c. Would you suck the dick for $10,000?
    d. Would you suck the dick for $100,000?
    e. Would you suck the dick for $1,000,000?
    f. Would you suck the dick for $10,000,000?

    Everybody has a price. Except for probably Bill Gates.