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Concordance Between Two Methods to Investigate the Sexual Orientation Among Adolescents in Santa Marta, Colombia

Author(s): Adalberto Campo-Arias | Luis Alfonso Díaz-Martínez | Guillermo Augusto Ceballos-Ospino

Journal: Universitas Psychologica
ISSN 1657-9267

Volume: 8;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 423;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Sexual behavior | questionnaires | students | adolescents | validation studies | sexual orientation.

Since sexual minorities are victims of discrimination, it is possible thatteenagers do not accurately report their sexual orientation. There are differencesin the frequency of non-heterosexual behavior according to theway it is investigated; however, concordance between these ways has notbeen explored yet. The objective was to establish the concordance betweentwo ways of researching sexual orientation among students at Santa Marta,Colombia. In this survey, 3575 students participated, 57% were girls, with amean age of 13.6 (SD=1.9), and mean scholarship, of 8.2 years (SD=1.6).Sexual orientation was established by means of direct and indirect questions.Cohen´s kappa showed concordance beyond chance. Observed concordancereached 76.8%, and Cohen’s kappa, 0.368 (95% CI 0.337-0.399).Concordance between the two ways of asking about sexual orientation wasfound to be low. Investigation of sexual orientation should include researchobjectives and result implications as criteria.
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