Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore how heterosexual college students understand and make meaning of their life experiences and how they incorporate those into their sexual orientation consciousness. We interviewed 14 undergraduate and graduate self-identified heterosexual students, ten women and four men, ranging in age from 20 to 24. Students discussed the sources of and mechanisms for learning about their sexual orientation, the role of faith in their views on sexuality, distancing themselves from homophobia, and the invisibility of heterosexuality. Implications for theory, research and practice are presented.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1543-3382
Print ISSN
0897-5264
Pages
pp. 320-336
Launched on MUSE
2009-05-15
Open Access
No
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