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Friday, May 8, 2015

WHAT TWINS TELL US ABOUT SEXUALITY

Dozens of identical twins have now come forward to take part in a unique new study to help understand how childhood experiences shape our sexual orientation and well-being as adults.

Now the University of Essex scientists behind the project are looking for more identical twins – where one is gay or bisexual and the other is straight – to take part in the research.

We often assume our upbringing is important in many ways, but the research being carried out at Essex is looking at how this relates to identical twins where one is straight and one is gay or bisexual.

Sexuality scientist Dr Gerulf Rieger, who is leading the study with PhD student Tuesday Watts, said sexuality forms a huge part of who we are, yet we know so little about where it comes from. The Essex study will be taking a fresh approach to researching this area.

'Some research has already tried to understand how our sexual orientation is linked to childhood experiences,' he said. 'However, these past studies have heavily focused on negative experiences during childhood and neglected the possibility that people may have had positive interactions with parents, siblings or peers that have shaped their sexual attractions and identities.

'By comparing these twins, we will have the ability to explore how the social environment can have an impact on sexual orientation and well-being, above and beyond our genes.'

The team at Essex are attempting to uncover what social experiences during childhood make us become the people we are. The study will focus on identical twins and the influences of upbringing on sexual orientation and current life satisfaction. 
Because these twins are virtually genetically identical, any differences in their sexuality or well-being must be due to other influences than their genes – influences that we do not yet understand.


The study is also looking to recruit identical twins where both are gay or both are straig

SOURCE: GAY STAR NEWS

2 comments:

  1. It'll be interesting to see the result of their research.

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