February 16, 2014
THEY'RE APPARENTLY AMPHIBIANS TOO:
DID LYING TEENS TRICK SEX RESEARCHERS? (Melissa Osgood-Cornell, January 17, 2014Futurity)
In the mid-1990s, teens pranked the widely cited National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health by faking nonheterosexuality, report researchers.Preliminary results from the landmark study, known as "Add Health," stunned researchers, parents, and educators alike, recalls Cornell University's Ritch C. Savin-Williams, professor of human development, licensed clinical psychologist, and director of the university's Sex and Gender Lab. "How could it be that 5 to 7 percent of our youth were homosexual or bisexual!"Previous estimates of homosexuality and bisexuality among high schoolers had been around 1 percent. So imagine the surprise and confusion when subsequent revisits to the same research subjects found more than 70 percent of the self-reported adolescent nonheterosexuals had somehow gone "straight" as older teens and young adults."We should have known something was amiss," Savin-Williams says. "One clue was that most of the kids who first claimed to have artificial limbs miraculously regrew arms and legs when researchers came back to interview them."
We used to lie on the drug use ones they gave us.Posted by Orrin Judd at February 16, 2014 8:43 AM