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Social And Biological Factors Related To Sexual Orientations

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It stands to reason that sexual orientation, as a phenomenon that emerges both from social and biological factors, would influence physiological responses such as stress. While the social and biological aspects may be so intertwined as to be inseparable, it is definitely possible to test if LGBTQ individuals face more stress than others, and it may even be possible to determine if those stress reactions are due to social factors such as stigma or may have a biological antecedent. Justen et al. in Biological Psychiatry explored stress in people with different sexual orientations, using a cortisol methodology, and found that, contrary to their hypothesis, gay men were actually less likely than their straight male counterparts to show signs of
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