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The association between the fraternal birth order effect in male homosexuality and other markers of human sexual orientation

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-395
Number of pages3
JournalBIOLOGY LETTERS
Volume1
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2005

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Abstract

Later fraternal birth order (FBO) is a well-established correlate of homosexuality in human males and may implicate a maternal immunization response in the feminization of male sexuality. This has led to the suggestion that FBO may relate to other markers of male sexual orientation which are robustly sexually dimorphic. If so, among homosexual males the number of older brothers should strongly correlate with traits such as spatial ability and psychological gender, indicative of greater behavioural feminization, compared to heterosexual males. The present study failed to find significant associations between number of older brothers and these traits.

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