How many same sex attracted young people are there?

Submitted by admin on Wednesday, 7 December 2011 - 3:02am.

When the sexual identity of young people is explored there is evidence of even more fluidity across the three domains of identity, attraction and behaviour. In a study of 1200 rural young people in 1996 Hillier and her colleagues found 11% were not unequivocally heterosexual (Hillier et al., 1996). A larger study of 16 and 18 year olds in secondary schools across Australia in 1997 (Lindsay et al., 1997) found the numbers to be 8 - 9%, and a subsequent repeats of this study found similar numbers (Smith et al., 2003 & 2008).