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Document Type

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS) in Psychology: Clinical



First Advisor

Theresa Martin

Second Advisor

Russell Kolts

Third Advisor

Larry Luton


"Many theorists have posited that forming a cohesive identity, including forming a cohesive sexual identity, is essential in one's life (Erikson & Erikson; 1998, Weeks, 1985). This study examined how a history of childhood sexual abuse impacts the process of forming a cohesive sexual identity in homosexual and heterosexual participants, which may affect adult sexual satisfaction later in life. Childhood sexual abuse was measured using an altered Traumatic Life Experiences Questionnaire (Kubany et al., 2000). The Klein Sexual Orientation Grid (Klein, 1985; KSOG) measured sexual orientation on seven variables. The KSOG also served as the basis for determining whether or not an individual had a cohesive sexual identity, based on continuity of sexual identification across the seven variables. Sexual satisfaction was assessed by the Pinney Sexual Satisfaction Inventory (Pinney, Gerrard, & Denney, 1987). Results found that childhood sexual abuse was not significantly related to sexual identity, general sexual satisfaction, or satisfaction with intimate partner. Bisexual participants were more likely to experience discrepancies on the KSOG in overall sexual identity and in specific aspects of sexual identity development (e.g., sexual attraction, sexual fantasy, sexual behavior). Differences in sexual identity development, with or without childhood sexual abuse, was not significantly related to general sex satisfaction or satisfaction with intimate partner"--Document.


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