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Sexuality Thesis Essay

5544 words - 23 pages

“Sexual Preferences of Students

From Selected Colleges from the

Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila”


Background of the Study

The American Psychological Association (APA) defines sexual orientation as an enduring emotional, romantic, sexual, or affectional attraction towards others. Sexual orientation exists along a continuum that ranges from exclusive heterosexuality to exclusive homosexuality and includes various forms of bisexuality. According to the Equality Human Rights Commission, most people are generally attracted to people of the same sex, opposite sex or both sexes. Same-sex attraction is called homosexuality. Homosexual men are called “gay” ...view middle of the document...

He explains the inversion of homosexual attraction as the result of a traumatic episode or episodes that prevent the normal development of an attraction for the opposite sex. Freud famously characterized humans as naturally “polymorphously perverse,” meaning either that practically any object can be a source of erotic fulfilment, or that babies are relatively indifferent to the object of erotic fulfilment.

All have of course a sexual orientation. We can be hetero-sexual, gay or bi-sexual. It’s interesting that hetero-sexual people never seem worried about their sexual orientation. Whereas people belonging to the latter two of the above categories, i.e. gay and bi-sexual, at least at some point in their life have been and/or still very much worry about their sexual identity. Our sexual orientation does not matter, it matters only in terms of our sexual identity but it does not define the kind of person we are. Research has shown that feeling positively about one’s sexual orientation and integrating it into one’s life fosters greater well-being and mental health. This integration often involves disclosing one’s identity to others; it may also entail participating in the gay community. Being able to discuss one’s sexual orientation with others also increases the availability of social support, which is crucial to mental health and psychological well-being.

One test that will determine the sexual orientation of a person is the Epstein’s Sexual Orientation Inventory. This inventory test will show you where you are on the Sexual Orientation Continuum, and it will also give you an estimate of how much flexibility the test taker have in expressing sexual orientation.

The objective of the study is to determine the sexual orientation and sexual flexibility of the students.

Statement of the Problem

This study aims to determine the sexual orientation and sexual tendencies of random college students from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila.

Specifically, this study will answer the following questions:

1. Is the result of the “Mean Sexual Orientation” (MSO) directly or inversely related to their “Sexual Orientation Range”? (pearson’s r)

2. Is there a significant correlation between the ages of the individual with the results of their Mean Sexual Orientation? (pearson’s r)

3. Is there a significant correlation between the ages of the individual with the results of their Sexual Orientation Range? (pearson’s r)

4. Is gender dependent or independent with the test takers’ Mean Sexual Orientation? (chi-square)

5. Is gender dependent or independent with the test takers’ Sexual Orientation Range? (chi-square)

6. What are the mean MSO and mean SOR of each college?


1. Is the result of the MSO correlate with the results to their SOR?

Ho: r = 0 (there is no relation between MSO and SOR)

Ha: r ? 0 (there is a relation between MSO and...

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