Factors influencing sexual orientation



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Conclusion

After defining sexual orientation, looking at several theories, discussing the failings in the findings and the emotional link to sexuality, the factors that influence sexual orientation in men and women has not been clearly defined. By far, the hypothesis regarding socialization has the most reasonable explanation and most significant evidence to support the theory. Further research and instruments to conduct said research needs to be conducted in order to clearly define the factors of sexual orientation. In conclusion, “can anyone tell me why I’m gay...not yet” (Jenkins, 2010, p. 288).

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