Is male homosexuality maintained via kin selection?

David Bobrow*, J. Michael Bailey

*Corresponding author for this work

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We tested the kin selection hypothesis of male homosexuality using questionnaire data in a community sample of homosexual and heterosexual men. Homosexual men were no more likely than heterosexual men to channel resources toward family members. Indeed, heterosexual men tended to give more financial resources to siblings than homosexual men. Furthermore, homosexual men were somewhat more estranged from family members, especially from fathers and oldest siblings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)361-368
Number of pages8
JournalEvolution and Human Behavior
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2001


  • Gay
  • Homosexuality
  • Kin selection
  • Sexual orientation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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