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Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 47, Issue 4, pp 1025–1039 | Cite as

Single-Sex Schooling: Friendships, Dating, and Sexual Orientation

  • Gu Li
  • Wang Ivy Wong
Original Paper

Abstract

Single-sex schooling has been controversial for decades. The current study investigated the differences in friendships, dating, and past, present, and ideal sexual orientation, between 207 college students who attended single-sex secondary schools and 249 college students who attended coeducational secondary schools in Hong Kong, controlling for personal characteristics such as socioeconomic status. We found that, compared to graduates of coeducational schools, graduates of single-sex schools reported a different gender composition in intimate friendships favoring the same sex, less romantic involvement with other-sex close friends, older age at first date, fewer boyfriends or girlfriends, and more past same-sex sexuality. In contrast, we found no significant differences in the interactions with same-sex versus other-sex friends, most aspects of past or present dating engagement, or self-reported present or ideal sexual orientation. These findings give insight into the interpersonal outcomes of single-sex schooling and fill a gap in previous research which has focused on academic achievement and gender role stereotypes.

Keywords

Single-sex school Sexual orientation Friendship Dating Romantic love 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors contributed equally to this study.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of NursingUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Hong KongPokfulamHong Kong

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