Demographics of sexual orientation among American-Indian adolescents

Elizabeth M. Saewyc, Carol L. Skay, Linda H Bearinger, Robert W. Blum, Michael D Resnick

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Self-report of sexual orientation and sexual behavior was compared for 12,978 reservation-based American-Indian and 11,356 rural Anglo-American adolescents. Findings included a significantly higher prevalence of homosexual, bisexual, and unsure responses among American Indians. However, a larger nonresponse rate for American-Indian adolescents raises questions about the cultural relevance of the survey method, and underscores the need for development of more culturally sensitive research tools and methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)590-600
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1998


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