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November 1967

Homosexuality in Women

Author Affiliations

New York; Weston, WVa
From New York Medical College; Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center; Mt Sinai Hospital Institute of Psychiatry; Bellevue Medical Center, New York University; Department of Psychiatry, New York University Medical College; Brooklyn College, City University of New York; and Weston State Hospital, Weston, WVa.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1967;17(5):626-634. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1967.01730290114015

HOMOSEXUALITY in women has been a strikingly neglected clinical entity, when contrasted with the very considerable attention given to male homosexuality. Indeed, a survey of the literature reveals little in the area of comparison or control studies with nonhomosexuals. Socarides' survey of the literature1 will provide the interested reader with the requisite background of theoretical constructs in the field.

Feeling a deep void in basic knowledge and research in this area, a Research Committe on Female Homosexuality was established by the Society of Medical Psychoanalysts. The committee undertook the task of acquiring basic clinical data within the psychoanalytic framework, leaving the more highly inferential theoretical constructs to wait upon the acquisition of more concrete factual information. We are presenting our preliminary findings in this paper.

We initially polled the more than 150 psychoanalysts in the society to ascertain the number of female homosexuals who