Experiences of Sexual Fluidity: Towards a New Model of Understanding #124

Title: Experiences of Sexual Fluidity: Towards a New Model of Understanding

Description: Changes in one’s sexual orientation identity over time, or sexual fluidity, may occur for a variety of reasons. A small body of recent research has begun to address the mechanisms and factors that may influence sexual fluidity. The Sexual Landscape Model (Gordon & Silva, 2015), the Facilitative Environments Model (Katz-Wise & Hyde, 2017), and the Life Course-Sexual Landscape Model (Campbell, 2022) have all begun to describe the mechanisms of change underlying sexual fluidity and how they may influence changes in sexual orientation identity. However, these models conflict in the way they group mechanisms of change, and none functionally differentiate between identity development factors that may map onto disparate health outcomes.

The purpose of the proposed study is to use qualitative methods to broaden the understanding of factors that predict changes in sexual identity during adulthood, and develop a new model to describe mechanisms of sexual fluidity specifically as they may relate to health outcomes. We will aim to explore the narratives and experiences that surround the decision to change one’s sexual orientation identity label, and to effectively describe mechanisms of change underlying sexual fluidity with a health-focused lens.

Specifics: Study Population:
We will recruit participants currently residing in North America who either currently hold a sexual minority identity, or who have ever identified as a sexual minority, to take part in an online survey

Participant Obligation:
Those who either currently hold a sexual minority identity, or who have ever identified as a sexual minority, to take part in an online survey

Location: online

Project lead: Meaghan Hymers, Supervisor: Dr. Karen Blair

Study Dates: July 3, 2024 to July 31, 2024

Study Website: https://survey.alchemer-ca.com/s3/50251546/DHSIDES