Sociological Aspects of Homosexuality: A Comparative Study of Three Types of Homosexuals

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6 HO GROUP (HOMOSEXUALS/OTHERS)

A. DESCRIPTION OF THE GROUP

This group consists of 50 self-confessed homosexuals, none of whom have sought psychiatric treatment or have been convicted for a homosexual offence. None of these men had been convicted of nonsexual offences apart from motoring offences.

The method used to obtain this group is described in Section B of the Appendix. All these men had volunteered to help in a previous research ( Westwood, 1960). When they were interviewed this time, they were asked a few new questions, but most of the questions were similar to those asked two or three years earlier. In none of the 50 cases were inconsistencies found between their earlier answers and their replies at the later interview. This is an indication of a high level of reliability in the responses.

Most of the men in this group were under forty, and 16 of them were under thirty. It was a well-educated group; all but 19 had received some form of education beyond the statutory minimum age and 10 had received full-time education beyond the age of eighteen.

The HO men did very well in the Verbal Reasoning Test. Of the 84 men who came in the top three classes, 27 were in the HO group. If all six groups were equally represented in the top three classes, the expected number per group would be 14. Only three HO men were among the 89 men in the lowest three classes. The expected number is 15. The HO men scored much higher in this test than the other homosexuals, and were above the average for all groups.

Most (39) of this group lived in London, but 27 of them were born elsewhere. Of the 24 men born in small towns or village communities, 21 have now moved to London or other large urban centres.

The HO group contained fewer married men than any other group. Only four (8%) had been married and three (6%) were now divorced or separated from their wives. In the other homosexual groups 20 (20%) had been married at one period of their lives and 13 (13%) were still living with their wives. In the PC group 28 (56%) had been married and 17 (34%) were still with their wives.

Although there were nine HO men who said they regularly went to church, most of this group seemed to be less interested in religion than the men in the other variant groups. The figures for church attendance in the HO group are much more like those in the nonhomosexual groups. In Table 6.1 the percentages are given for the HO group, the two non-homosexual groups, and the three other

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  • Also by Michael Schofield The Sexual Behaviour of Young People ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgements viii
  • Author's Note ix
  • Part 1 - Results of the Research 1
  • 1: Introduction 3
  • 2 - HC Group (Homosexuals/Convicted) 7
  • 4 - HP Group (Homosexuals/Patients) 68
  • 5 - NP Group (Non-Homosexual/Patients) 85
  • 6 - HO Group (Homosexuals/Others) 101
  • 7 - NO Group (Non-Homosexuals/Others) 129
  • Part II - Discussion of the Results 145
  • 8 - Homosexuals in Trouble 147
  • 9 - The Other Homosexuals 173
  • 10 - Sociological Aspects 185
  • II - Law Reform 193
  • 12 - Towards a Theory of Homosexuality 203
  • Appendix: Research Plan 214
  • Subject Index 241
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