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Scholars Day: April 10, 2013

Individual Differences in Perceptions of Sexual Fluidity: Correlates and Consequences

The current research sought to examine individual differences in beliefs about sexual fluidity—the notion that individuals can change the sexual orientation they identify with and the correlates and dating consequences of such beliefs. Specifically, we examined the relationship between fluidity beliefs and prejudice toward gay men and lesbians, motivation to respond without prejudice, and traditional gender role endorsement. Two correlational studies revealed that the belief in the possibility of fluidity was not related to an individual’s sexual orientation, but it was positively related to individual’s belief that they could be fluid. Additionally, fluidity beliefs were negatively related to sexual prejudice and traditional gender role endorsement. Importantly, believing in the possibility of fluidity was positively related to more positive beliefs and attitudes toward dating a fluid partner such as increased willingness to date, trust, and increased belief in genuineness and commitment of a fluid partner. Implications will be discussed.

Presenter: Brigitte Pace (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Psychology
Location: 216 Hartwell
Time: 2:30 pm (Session IV)
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