Title

Models of Sexual and Relational Orientation: A Critical Review and Synthesis

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-2011

Originally Published In

Journal of Counseling and Development

Volume Number

89

Issue Number

2

Page Numbers

227-234

Abstract

Many frameworks exist to explain and describe the phenomenon of same-sex sexuality as it applies to human development. This conceptual article provides a critical overview and synthesis of previous models to serve as a theoretical bridge for the suggested multiple continua model of sexual and relational orientations. Recommendations for how counselors can adapt the multiple continua model to improve their work with same-sex sexual clients are presented, and future directions for research are discussed.