University of Hertfordshire


  • Andras Kolto
  • Honor Young
  • Lorraine Burke
  • Nathalie Moreau
  • Alina Cosma
  • Josefine Magnusson
  • Beat Windlin
  • Marta Reis
  • Elizabeth M Saewyc
  • Emmanuelle Godeau
  • Saoirse Nic Gabhainn
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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Pages (from-to)772-778
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Journal publication dateDec 2018
Early online date15 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018


Sexual orientation is a multidimensional phenomenon, which includes identity, behavior, and attraction. The attraction component, however, is less studied than the other two. In this article, we present the development of a two‐item measure to identify adolescents who prefer same‐ and both‐gender partners for love and dating. The questions were administered to nationally representative samples of 15‐year‐old adolescents in eight European countries and regions participating in the Health Behaviour in School‐aged Children (HBSC) cross‐national study. The distribution of attraction, as operationalized by preference for the gender of love and dating partners, was similar across countries. These questions offer an alternative or supplementary approach to identify same‐ and both‐gender attracted youth, without administering questions related to sexual identity.


© 2018 The Authors. Journal of Research on Adolescence published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of Society for Research on Adolescence. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.

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