Personal stories of the fluidity of sexuality and their relevance to theories of human sexual orientation

  • Author / Creator
    Cey, Robert Owen
  • A narrative inquiry methodology was utilized to investigate experiences of fluidity of sexuality and the broader processes of sexuality and sexual identity development. Five adult co-researchers, all members of various sexual and gender minority groups, participated in semi-structured, in-depth interviews centering on their experiences of changes in sexuality over time. The stories told were presented in the research text. Only one experience of a significant and lasting shift in sexual desire during adulthood was reported, occurring in the context of a transition from a male to a female gender identity. A thematic analysis of the co-researchers’ narratives was undertaken, and 3 common and 14 important themes were identified. The co-researchers’ stories and the common and important themes were brought together to form a partial model of sexuality and sexual identity development. Implications for counselling and for further research in this area were also considered.

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    Spring 2011
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    Doctor of Philosophy
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    University of Alberta
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  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Whelton, William (Educational Psychology)
    • McNinch, James (Education, University of Regina)
    • Wilson, Robert (Philosophy)
    • Sobsey, Dick (Educational Psychology)
    • Doherty, Maryanne (Secondary Education)