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

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Appendix
RESEARCH PLAN

A. GENERAL OUTLINE
This research set out to collect information from three groups of homosexuals, a group of paedophiliacs, and two groups of nonhomosexuals. The two objectives were (1) to study the different characteristics of the four variant groups, and (2) to obtain two non-homosexual groups to match by age and education two of the homosexual groups, and to compare the differentiating characteristics.By direct discussion with each individual, the research worker sought factual information on the family background, social behaviour and sexual activities of each individual. In particular, series of questions were asked on:
Relations with parents.
Early influences in the home.
Education, type of school and sex education.
Early sexual experiences.
Present occupation, income, relations with employer and employees.
Number of times arrested, court appearances and sentences.
Incidence and frequency of sexual activities.
Sexual adjustments and emotional involvements.
Attitude to homosexuality.
Effects of homosexual tendencies on work and community integration.
Most of the questions were about past experiences and present behaviour, but the men were also asked to express attitudes and opinions on various subjects, as these are sometimes the only guide to an estimate of present and future behaviour. After the interview the men were asked to complete a verbal reasoning test (Section F of this Appendix). Altogether 150 homosexuals, 50 paedophiliacs and 100 non-homosexuals were interviewed and these were divided into six groups as follows:
HC Group (Homosexuals/convicted). 50 inmates of prisons convicted of homosexual offences with adults.
PC Group (Paedophiliacs/convicted). 50 inmates of prisons convicted of homosexual offences with boys under sixteen.
HP Group (Homosexuals/patients). 50 homosexual patients who are under psychiatric treatment in a hospital or out-patient clinic.

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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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