Report: Students jokingly claim to be gay in national survey, 70 percent are straight

Campus Reform Reporter

Total Shares
This is the CRO SBAR

  • Many teens in an oft-referenced study on youth showed inconsistency in answers about their sexuality.
  • Over 70 percent of those surveyed said they'd had a "romantic attraction to someone of the same sex," but were actually straight.
  • Researcher claims many were "jokesters" who answered wrongly on purpose.
  • Ritch Savin-Williams, who specializes in the subject, said that many students initially claim to be gay, then later identify as straight, claiming either that they were either joking or confused.

    A study by a Cornell University developmental psychologist found that statistics about gay youth may be inaccurate because of "jokesters" who claim to be gay or bisexual when they aren't.

    Ritch Savin-Williams, who specializes in the subject, said that many students initially claim to be gay, then later identify as straight because they were either joking or confused.

    "More than 70 percent of those who claimed to have a "romantic attraction to someone of the same sex" later identified themselves as being straight."   

    He added that many researchers choose to ignore this problem, and continue to use the statistics found in the study.

    "It's not that we saw something that no one else had seen," Savin-Williams said in an article in Los Angeles Times. "But they kept using the data; people should have said, 'Hold on here, who are these kids?'"

    The report looks at the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, which followed tens of thousands of teens into adulthood. The survey, known as Add Health, is recognized as one of the most important sources of statistics on young people.

    More than 70 percent of those who claimed to have a "romantic attraction to someone of the same sex" later identified themselves as being straight.

    Although some teens may have been confused about the nature of the question, Savin-Williams said, research claims that others were "jokesters" who answered incorrectly for fun.

    Research has also found dishonesty elsewhere in the survey in the past, such as young people falsely claiming to have artificial limbs.

    The students who provided inconsistent information about their orientation scored lower in intelligence, which may have caused an inaccurate representation of gay youth.

    Follow the author of this article on Twitter: @kctimpf

     

    LATEST TWEETS

    Conservative Forum
    @ConservtvForum - 29 min ago

    Uninformed students attend Crist campaign rally, say they're only there for pizza http://t.co/MNvjfta0LD via @campusreform

    activprayer
    @activprayer - 35 min ago

    @campusreform let's talk about how we can get a campus-wide activprayer going to help support the right kind of reform on a college campus!

    Anthony T.
    @ColgateClubLife - 47 min ago

    @blaisedesnoes thank you for covering the situation in hamilton. Saw it via @campusreform. Great work- please keep it up!

    Charlie
    @CharliefromNYC - 58 min ago

    @campusreform @colgateuniv Is there an adult anywhere within the vicinity of this university?

    CampusReform.org
    @campusreform - 1 hour ago

    A CRO exclusive: @colgateuniv students protest sexual assault with marked-up mattresses: http://t.co/YuXOIxMjZ9

    Christian F
    @Christian_HRAH - 1 hour ago

    @MaggieLitCRO @campusreform people need to grow up and just ignore stuff that they don't like

    Ted Torok
    @SlowDownandLove - 1 hour ago

    @campusreform .. ???????????????? "How and why Black Culture is skillfully manipulated by progressive lies." http://t.co/9gbF2NGSwM

    Lourietta Hendershaw
    @hendercaw - 1 hour ago

    @campusreform @HarvardIOP @GOP Yes, I feel that's so right for me and also for my generation!

    Maggie Lit
    @MaggieLitCRO - 2 hours ago

    If political correctness drives you CRAZY read this article. http://t.co/k9X0Mjj1Vb via @campusreform

    GENUG
    @GENUG - 2 hours ago

    Hispanic student group protests sorority house for 'culturally insensitive costumes' http://t.co/s61zOWz28T via @campusreform