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Putting Freud's gay theory to rest.

Some gays and lesbians may be immature, but it's probably not the root cause of their sexual orientation. In an effort to put to rest Sigmund Freud's long-held premise that gays and lesbians are just immature heterosexuals, Mark Biernbaum, an assistant professor of child development at California State University, Sacramento, questioned 56 Seattle-area 18- to 25-year-olds, matching each non straight participant with a straight peer.

The study, which appears in the May-June Journal of Homosexuality, according to CSUS officials, found no noticeable difference in maturity levels--important, Biernbaum said, because some still cite immaturity as evidence that gays are unfit for equality. "I'm hoping that people will-see when you study it empirically, it's not the case," Biernbaum said.
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Title Annotation:Research; Sigmund Freud
Author:Allen, Dan
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U9CA
Date:Jun 22, 2004
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