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Longitudinal Study: HILDA
Title: Sexual orientation and life satisfaction
Authors: David, Bartram
Publication Date: 19-May-2021
Keywords: sexual orientation
life satisfaction
United Kingdom
control variables
Abstract: Existing quantitative research on sexual orientation and life satisfaction uses models with control variables that do not have a clear rationale. With a correct understanding of what control variables do, no controls are necessary to estimate the consequences of sexual orientation on life satisfaction. An analysis constructed from this perspective reveals gay and bisexual men in the UK and Australia are less satisfied with their lives (relative to heterosexual men). Bisexual women in both countries are less satisfied as well. Lesbians in Australia are less satisfied (relative to straight women) – but lesbians in the UK do not have lower satisfaction. These conclusions hold also in an analysis that considers the possibility that some non-heterosexual people might be unwilling to disclose their sexual orientation on surveys.
DOI: 10.1177/14407833211017672
ISBN: 1741-2978
Research collection: Journal Articles
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