Improving the field of LGBTQ psychology: Strategies for amplifying bisexuality research

Amanda M. Pollitt, Andrew L. Brimhall, Melanie E. Brewster, Lori E. Ross

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Bisexuality has been critically understudied despite decades of research demonstrating pronounced disparities among bisexual populations. To better understand the state of bisexual research in the field of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) psychology, we conducted a content analysis of abstracts published in Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (PSOGD). Of 223 articles published in PSOGD, less than 1% were focused on bisexual populations. Many studies used bisexuality in their titles or as a keyword even when they contained little to no focus on bisexuality. Results from the content analysis are consistent with content analyses on medical and sexualities literatures. We highlight important strategies for improving the quantity and quality of bisexual research in LGBTQ psychology, including but not limited to careful attention to bisexuality from study development to dissemination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-131
Number of pages3
JournalPsychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Allyship
  • Bisexuality
  • Content analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • General Psychology


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