Assignment: Empirical Research and Developmental Theory

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What does evidence-based research say about the development of sexual orientation in young and middle adulthood? Though the body of literature addressing sexual orientation, including heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality, is far from complete, the literature continues to grow. Your awareness of this literature helps inform your social work practice as you address the needs of clients with a variety of sexual orientations.

For this Assignment, conduct your own research to identify at least one journal article that addresses sexual orientation. Select an article that you find especially relevant to you in your role as a social worker.

By Day 7

Submit a 2- to 4-page paper that includes the following:

  • A summary of your findings regarding sexual orientation and its impact on life-span development, including findings from the resources and from the journal article(s) you selected during your research
  • An explanation of how you might apply your findings to social work practice

Support your Assignment with specific references to the resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references.

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What does evidence-based research say about the development of sexual orientation in young
and middle adulthood?

Sexual orientation is a persistent pattern of sexual or romantic attraction towards
individuals of the opposite sex, same sex or both genders. According to the American
Psychological Association, an individual’s sexual orientation may be as a result of their sense of
identity-based on related behaviors, attractions or membership in a community of individuals
who share similar attractions. These attractions are commonly subsumed under homosexuality,
bisexuality, heterosexuality, and asexuality among others.

Although several studies have been carried out, the exact cause for the development of
certain sexual orientation has not been established. However, studies show that several biological
factors such as brain structure, genes, and prenatal hormones may be related to the development
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