Sexual self-labels and personality differences among Chinese lesbians

Yong Zheng1, Lijun Zheng1
1Southwest University, People’s Republic of China
Cite this article:  Zheng, Y., & Zheng, L. (2011). Sexual self-labels and personality differences among Chinese lesbians. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 39, 955-962.

Volume 39 Issue 7 | e2179 | Published: August 2011 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2011.39.7.955

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Distinctions are commonly made regarding preferences for active or receptive sexual roles within the Chinese lesbian community. Three sexual self-labels are typically specified among Chinese lesbians: “T”, meaning a lesbian who prefers the active role, “P”, meaning a lesbian who prefers the receptive role, and “H”, meaning a lesbian without a strong preference for either role. The aim in this study was to examine personality differences within Chinese lesbian sexual self-labeled groups. Among the participants, comprising 217 Chinese lesbians, significant differences were found between sexual self-labeled groups in gender-related and Big Five traits. Ts scored higher than Ps in masculinity and self-ascribed masculinity/femininity; Ps scored higher than Ts in femininity; Hs gained intermediate scores in a gender-related traits compared to those of Ts and Ps. There were significant differences in the Big Five traits of extraversion, conscientiousness, and emotional stability among the self-labeled groups. Sexual self-labels appear not only to distinguish sexual behavior patterns but may also suggest personality differences among Chinese lesbians.

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