The very limited attention to bisexual issues across social science disciplines such as psychology and gender studies has been noted since the 1970s. While literature regarding lesbian and gay sexual orientations is on the rise, understanding of the unique experiences of bisexual individuals remains scant. A deeper analysis of the “bisexual experience” in terms of history, identity politics, and mental health is necessary to inform scientific understanding of and clinical work with this population. Thus, this entry reviews some of the key features of bisexual research within psychology.

Bisexuality Across Modern History

In its broadest conceptualization, bisexuality typically refers to a person’s experiences of emotional, romantic, and/or sexual attraction to people of more than one gender. Though bisexual issues have been historically overlooked in the larger ...

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