Journal article

Sexual identity, sexual attraction and sexual experience: the Second Australian Study of Health and Relationships

Juliet Richters, Dennis Altman, Paul B Badcock, Anthony MA Smith, Richard O de Visser, Andrew E Grulich, Chris Rissel, Judy M Simpson



UNLABELLED: Background Behavioural and other aspects of sexuality are not always consistent. This study describes the prevalence and overlap of same-sex and other-sex attraction and experience and of different sexual identities in Australia. METHODS: Computer-assisted telephone interviews were completed by a representative sample of 20094 men and women aged 16-69 years recruited by landline and mobile phone random-digit dialling with a response rate (participation rate among eligible people) of 66.2%. Respondents were asked about their sexual identity ('Do you think of yourself as' heterosexual/straight, homosexual/gay, bisexual, etc.) and the sex of people with whom they had ever had sexual..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (project grant 1002174). The authors are indebted to David Shellard and the staff of the Hunter Valley Research Foundation for managing data collection and undertaking the interviews for this study and to the Social Research Centre for calculating weights for the data. The authors also thank the 21 139 Australians who took part in the two phases of the project and so freely shared the sometimes intimate aspects of their lives. Professor Anthony Smith died during the course of this project and we intend this work to be a tribute to, and a further example of, the extraordinary contribution his work has made to the sexual health and wellbeing of Australians.