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Love preferences and ideals: A comparison of homosexual, bisexual, and heterosexual groups

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Homosexuals, bisexuals, and heterosexuals were compared on self-reported love preferences and ideals. In general, the three groups tended to agree on ideal characteristics of love objects, love relationships, and love related beliefs. Nevertheless, the groups differed significantly on preferences and beliefs related to love-object sex, residential proximity, ethnic background, physical intimacy, freedom from feelings of jealousy, sexual fidelity, emotional intimacy, and the importance of religious or legal acknowledgment.

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Engel, J.W., Saracino, M. Love preferences and ideals: A comparison of homosexual, bisexual, and heterosexual groups. Contemp Fam Ther 8, 241–250 (1986).

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