Friends & Lovers: Male Sexual Development: Descriptive, longitudinal study of the peer relations, friendships, and sexual milestones, events, memories, attractions, and behaviors of 160 young men (17-27 years old) from childhood through young adulthood. This is a study of young men of all sexualities, orientations, and identities.
The Oswego Project on Adolescent Flourishing: In collaboration with Professor Andrew Smiler at Wake Forest University, a study of 475 upstate New York high school seniors to determine how peer relations, the media, and gender attitudes influence the development of flourishing. Citation: Rieger, G. & Savin-Williams, R. C. (in press). Sexual orientation, gender nonconformity, and psychological well being. Archives of Sexual Behavior
Add Health Study Predicting Stability and Change in Sexual Orientation: Using the Add Health data set with young adults, this study assesses Wave 3 to Wave 4 stability among sexual groupings, including within same-sex attracted populations. In conjunction with Dr. Kara Joyner of Sociology at Bowling Green State University.
Add Health Study on Bisexuality, Personality, and Mental Health: A study examining the correlations in the Add Health data set between non-exclusive sexual orientation, personality, and negative mental health outcomes, such as risk taking behavior, substance abuse, and suicide.
Covert Attention as a measure of sexual orientation: This study will use EEG methodology to examine the relationship between sexual orientation and the involuntary capture of covert attention by sexual stimuli.
Gender nonconformity and sexual arousal: This study examines the influence of gender nonconformity on sexual arousal patterns. It is possible that within people with the most gender-nonconforming behaviors also examine more gender-nonconforming sexual arousal patterns. This project will also examine whether subtle measures of sexual arousal (e.g., eye movements) can be validated by both genital and subjective measures of sexual arousal. Contact Gerulf Rieger for details.
Heterosexual sexual orientations and attractions study: Mostly heterosexual? Many people who identify as heterosexual nonetheless experience some level of same-sex desires and fantasies. How prevalent is this? How are such people different from those heterosexually-identified without any same-sex interests, and does gender and the level of same-sex sexuality matter? Who are the mostly straight people? Citation: Vrangalova, S. & Savin-Williams, R. (2010) Correlates of Same-Sex Sexuality in Heterosexually Identified Young Adults. Journal of Sex Research, 47, 92-102.