Finding Data: Data on Sexual Attitudes, Orientation & Behavior
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- AIDS/STD Data Archive at Sociometrics
Consists of original research data and instruments from 11 premier studies on AIDS/HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Also available are 8 studies from the Archive of Behavioral and Social Research on HIV/AIDS, which provide descriptive and comparative data on the behavioral and social antecedents and consequences of HIV, AIDS, and sexually transmitted diseases. Part of Sociometrics.
- Center for Population Research in LGBT Health
Datasets useful for analysis of issues affecting sexual and gender minority populations in the United States.
- Chinese Health and Family Life Survey (1999-2000)
Focuses on sexual behavior in contemporary Chinese society. There are 18 sections: Demography; Health; Attitudes toward Marriage and Sex; Marital Status; Current Spouse/Sex Partner; Sex Partners; Other Long Term Partner; Short Term Partner; Initial Partner; Sexual Dysfunction; Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Childhood Sexual Experience; Sexual Harassment and Unwanted Sex; Sexual Consumption; Masturbation and Homosexuality; Conclusion; and Interviewer Comments.
- Cultural Context of Youth Suicide: Identity, Gender and Sexuality, 2006
Explores how young people think about suicide and self-harm. Considered how young people's understandings of how distress relating to gender identity or sexuality could lead to suicide. Also focused on struggles young people may experience around sexuality and gender identity and how these struggles may lead to suicidal behavior. Involved 11 focus groups and 13 interviews with participants aged 16-25 years. The fieldwork took place in the North West of England and South Wales. 3 focus groups were made up of young people who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. 7 interviewees identified themselves lesbian, gay or bisexual. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.
- Data Archive on Adolescent Pregnancy and Pregnancy Prevention (DAAPPP)
In 1994, the scope of DAAPPP was expanded to include studies that focus more broadly on adolescent sexual health issues, thereby including studies examining behavioral factors related to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in addition to pregnancy.
- European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights Information Portal
Provides access to relevant information and data in the fields of fundamental rights in context of the European Union and its Member States. At the moment the Infoportal holds a sizeable collection of writing on racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and related intolerances.
- General Social Survey (1972-2010) (GSS)
Produced biennially since 1994, the GSS is a long running survey of social, cultural and political indicators. In addition to the GSS, topic modules, designed to investigate new issues or to expand the coverage of an existing subject, are administered. Examples of topic modules include computer and Internet, racial and ethnic prejudice, and child mental-health stigma. The GSS has participated since 1985 in the International Social Survey Program. A listing of modules is available.
Sample Size: Over the life of the survey, more than 43,000 respondents, with about 3,000 added biennially.
- General Social Survey Topical Module 1988, 1994, 2002: Sexual Behavior
- Growth of American Families, 1955-1960
Women were asked questions about fertility and contraception, including contraceptive use and pregnancy histories, opinions on childbearing and childrearing, expectation of further children, etc. Background information such as marital history, education, income, religion, social characteristics, and place of residence was also collected. Also available through ICPSR.
- How Couples Meet and Stay Together (HCMST), Wave I 2009, Wave II 2010, United States
Surveyed how Americans met their spouses and romantic partners, and compared traditional to non-traditional couples. Was conducted in 2 waves. During the 1st wave, information was gathered about both the respondent and their partner including age, level of education, parents' level of education, religion, and their political party affiliation. Respondents were queried on their relationship status (married, boyfriend/girlfriend, sexual partner, romantic partner) as well as the gender, ethnicity, and race of their current partner. They were also asked about their living arrangements with their partner such as whether they lived in a house, apartment, etc. Additionally, repsondents were asked the country, state, and city the respondent and/or the respondent's partner resided in most from birth to age 16, if the couple was currently living together or had ever lived together, and if the couple attended the same high school, college/university, or grew up in the same town. Additional questions included the legal status of the relationship (marriage, domestic partnership, or civil union), in which city/state the partnership was legalized, and how many times the respondent had previously been married. Respondents were also queried about how often they visited with relatives, which gender they were most attracted to, their earned income in 2008, and the length of their current relationship. Finally, respondents were asked how old they and their partners were when they met each other, how and where they met, if an internet service was used as a tool to meet, if their parents previously knew each other, how their parents feel about their partner, and to describe the perceived quality of their relationship. During the 2nd wave, respondents were followed up with one year later and asked about the status of the relationship they were in during the first wave. Follow up questions included whether respondents who were married at the time of the 1st wave were still married and/or still lived together. If the marriage had come to an end, they were asked how the marriage ended and which partner wanted the divorce or separation. Couples not married during the initial survey were asked if they had gotten married, gotten a domestic partnership or civil union agreement, and if they still lived together. Respondents were also asked if they were still in the prior relationship, and if not, how the relationship ended and, in the case of breakup, who broke up with whom.
- Iowa Youth and Families Project, 1989-1992 (IYFP)
Contains the first 4 waves. Developed from an initial sample of 451 7th graders from 2-parent families in rural Iowa. Merged with the Iowa Single Parent Project (ISPP) to form the Iowa Family Transitions Project in 1994, when the target youth were seniors in high school. Survey data were collected from the target child (7th grader), a sibling within 4 years of age of the target child, and both parents. Field interviewers visited families at their homes on several occasions to administer questionnaires and videotape interaction tasks including family discussion tasks, family problem-solving tasks, sibling interaction tasks, and marital interaction tasks. The Household Data files contain information about the family's financial situation, involvement in farming, and demographic information about household members. The Parent and the Child Survey Data files contain responses to survey questions about the quality and stability of family relationships, emotional, physical, and behavioral problems of individual family members, parent-child conflict, family problem-solving skills, social and financial support from outside the home, traumatic life experiences, alcohol, drug, and tobacco use, and opinions on topics such as abortion, parenting, and gender roles. In addition, the Child Survey Data files include responses collected from the target child and his or her sibling in the study about experiences with puberty, dating, sexual activity, and risk-taking behavior. The Problem-Solving Data files contain survey data collected from respondents about the family interactions tasks. The Observational Data files contain the interviewers' observations collected during these tasks. Demographic variables include sex, age, employment status, occupation, income, home ownership, religious preference, frequency of religious attendance, as well as the ages and sex of all household members and their relationship to the head of household. Demographic information collected on the parents also includes their birth order within their family, the ages and political philosophy of their parents, the sex, age, education level, and occupation of their siblings, and the country of origin of their ancestors.
- Lesbian Christian Identity
Purpose was to explore and distinguish identity management strategies used by lesbian Christians. The strategies were informed by Erving Goffman's book, Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity. Based on his work, 6 different scales were created: normalization, passing, ambivalence, superiority, minstrelization, and group affiliation. Additionally, a measure of evangelical Christian identity was created using church affiliations, self-identification as an evangelical, and beliefs consonant with evangelicalism. Variables include: the source of dissonance between religious beliefs and sexuality as well as resolution strategies for the dissonance.
- Money Management in Lesbian and Gay Couples, 2004-2006
Investigates how same-sex couples in the United Kingdom manage their finances; potential links between money management practices and relationship beliefs; how money management in same-sex couples compares with heterosexual couples; and views on civil partnership legislation.
To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.
Sample Size: 386 cases who had a current partner; 132 cases who were single.
- Murray Research Archive - Sexuality datasets
Has a number of studies valuable for researching sexual attitudes, orientations and behavior.
Some useful datasets include:
Application may need to be made directly to the Murray Research Archive for permission to use the data.
- National Couples Survey, 2005-2006 (Married and Cohabitating Couples Study and the Dating Couples Study)
Examined couples' contraceptive decision making (but not consistency of use). Completed interviews were obtained from both partners of 413 married couples, 261 cohabiting couples and 335 dating non-cohabiting heterosexual couples (2,018 individuals), where the female is 20 to 35 years old and the male is 18 or older. Other eligibility criteria are that the female is not currently pregnant, postpartum, or trying to get pregnant, and where both partners are neither medically nor surgically sterile (for whom consistency of contraceptive use is of limited interest). Used computer-assisted self interviewing to collect data from an area probability sample of household residents in 4 cities and their adjacent county subdivisions: Baltimore, MD; Durham, NC; St. Louis, MO; and Seattle, WA. Obtained separate, parallel reports from both partners, providing unique and detailed data on the power relations, birth desires, and method-related expectancies, values, perceptions, preferences, and behaviors of men and women making contraceptive and disease prevention choices within the context of an intimate heterosexual relationship.
- National Fertility Survey, 1965, 1970, 1975
Women were asked questions about fertility and contraception, including contraceptive use and pregnancy histories, opinions on childbearing and childrearing, desired family size, future childbearing intentions and expectation of further children. Questions about coital frequency at the time of interview were asked. Marital history, some labor force participation history, and background information such as education, income, religion, social characteristics, and place of residence was also collected. Also available through ICPSR.
- National Survey of Family Growth (1973+)
Women were asked questions about fertility and contraception, including contraceptive use and pregnancy histories, desired family size, and expectation of further children. Also reports background information about the respondent and her husband, such as education, religion, ethnic origin, occupation, and earnings.
- New Family Structures Study (NFSS)
Comparative, social-science data-collection project, which focused on American young adults (ages 18-39) who were raised in different types of family arrangements with varying household experiences. Sample included respondents that had lived in biologically-intact households, lived with cohabiting parents, adoptive, step, or single parents, with parents who had same-sex relationships, or with parents who remarried after divorce. Respondents were asked about a range of topics, including social behaviors: such as educational attainment and performance, work history, risk-taking, and religiosity; health behaviors: such as substance abuse, sexually transmitted infections, and emotional states (depression, anger, and stress), and relationships: including the quality and stability of romantic relationships, marital history, fertility, sexual orientation, and family connectedness. Additional questions asked whether respondents voted in the 2008 presidential election, how much time they spent on various activities; watching TV, gaming, and on social networking sites, and how many Facebook "friends" they had. Demographic information includes age, education level, race, gender, income, marital status, employment status, and household size.
- Population Research Center at NORC and The University of Chicago
Makes available data from some of the Population Research Center's projects. Interesting datasets include the National Health and Social Life Survey, the Chicago Health and Social Life Survey, the Chinese Health and Family Life Survey, and the Taiwan Women and Family Studies. Profiles sexual behavior, demography and health.
- Toledo Adolescent Relationships Study (TARS) Series
Explores the relationship qualities and the subjective meanings that motivate adolescent behavior. Seeks to examine the nature and meaning of adolescent relationship experiences (e.g. with family, peers, and dating partners) in an effort to discover how experiences associated with age, gender, race, and ethnicity influence the meaning of dating relationships. Further investigates the relative impact of dating partners and peers on sexual behavior and contraceptive practices, as well as involvement in other problem behaviors that can contribute independently to sexual risk-taking. The longitudinal design of the Toledo Adolescent Relationship Study includes a schedule of follow-up interviews occurring one, three, and five years after the initial interview. Wave 1 was in 2001; Wave 2 in 2002.
This page last updated: October 21, 2009