Sean G. Massey

Sean G. Massey
Binghamton University | SUNY Binghamton · Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

PhD

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The Binghamton Human Sexualities Research Lab is team-lead. Co-investigators include: Drs. Sean Massey, Ann Merriwether, Sarah Young, and Melissa Hardesty.

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This trend study analyzes nine years (from 2011-2019) of cross-sectional survey responses to Klein’s Sexual Orientation Grid (1978) to explore changes in sexual orientation among emerging adult college students. Categorical regression models based on ordinal responses revealed that participants were moving away from exclusively heterosexuality on a...
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Affirmative consent policies on college campuses establish more stringent standards for inferring consent to sex. Although these policies often permit nonverbal communication of consent, they rarely outline finer-grained distinctions about which specific behaviors can stand-in for verbal affirmation. It thus remains possible that students hold diff...
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This trend study analyzed 9 years (2011–2019) of cross-sectional survey responses to Klein’s Sexual Orientation Grid to explore changes in sexual orientation among emerging adult college students. Categorical regression models based on ordinal responses revealed that participants were moving away from exclusive heterosexuality on attraction, behavi...
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IntroductionAdvocates of affirmative consent argue that such policies can change sexual mores rooted in entitled masculinity while shifting the burden of preventing sexual assault from women to men. Yet there is little research to date on the implementation of affirmative consent or analysis of whether the policy’s demands are feasible in contempor...
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Little is known about the role of affectionate behaviours — factors traditionally understood within the context of romantic relationships — in uncommitted ‘casual sex’ encounters. In a sample of U.S. undergraduate emerging adults aged 18–25 years ( N = 639) we conducted a preliminary internet-based questionnaire investigation into the role of affec...
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Educational research has established a link between zero tolerance disciplinary policies and increases in racial disproportionality in suspensions and expulsions of students of color. This article reports on a critical ethnography of Rivertown, a school district with urban characteristics, where we have been working with parents of color whose chil...
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Rapes perpetrated during college are both common and underreported. Research highlights that several person- and incident-level factors relating to gender and sexuality may diminish reporting, by themselves and as they pertain to attributions of blame for the assault. In this study, male and female college students (N = 916) read vignettes describi...
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This article introduces and explores the concept impact validity, which is conceptualized as the extent to which research has the potential to play a role in social and political change or is useful as a tool for advocacy or activism. Including impact validity in the design of a research project means that, in addition to considering traditional cr...
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The current study compares the effects of traditional and modern anti-homosexual prejudice on evaluations of parenting practices of same-sex and opposite-sex couples. Undergraduate university student participants (N = 436) completed measures of traditional and modern anti-homosexual prejudice and responded to a vignette describing a restaurant scen...
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"Hookups," or uncommitted sexual encounters, are becoming progressively more engrained in popular culture, reflecting both evolved sexual predilections and changing social and sexual scripts. Hook-up activities may include a wide range of sexual behaviors, such as kissing, oral sex, and penetrative intercourse. However, these encounters often trans...
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Two studies explored the various positive beliefs heterosexuals hold towards lesbians and gay men and the implication of these beliefs for heterosexuals' attitudes towards lesbians and gay men. In Study 1, 250 participants listed all the positive and negative things they had heard people say about gay men and lesbians. As expected, many of the nega...
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Using the data from two ongoing studies of resilience and thriving, one of gay men growing up in heterosexist environments, the other of women living with AIDS, we review how qualitative approaches have enabled researchers to grapple with conceptual, methodological, and ethical dilemmas related to the study of resilience and thriving. We discuss th...
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A multidimensional measure of sexual prejudice was developed to assess the increasing complexity of heterosexuals' attitudes toward gay men and lesbians. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses revealed a valid and reliable 7-factor measure that assessed: 1) traditional heterosexism; 2) tendency to deny anti-gay discrimination continues; 3) av...
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Existing research on heterosexuals' attitudes toward gay and lesbian parenting typically focuses on heterosexuals' views about whether or not gay men and lesbians should be parents. Although a significant literature describes positive outcomes for actual gay and lesbian parenting, research has not specifically examined the effect of these attitudes...
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This article uses Sedgwick's distinction between minoritizing and universalizing theories of sexuality to analyze variability in social psychologists' studies of anti-homosexual prejudice, focusing on studies of attitudes. Anti-homosexual prejudice was initially defined in conversation with gay liberationists and presumed, among other things, that...
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This article uses Sedgwick's distinction between minoritizing and universalizing theories of sexuality to analyze variability in social psychologists' studies of anti-homosexual prejudice, focusing on studies of attitudes. Anti-homosexual prejudice was initially defined in conversation with gay liberationists and presumed, among other things, that...
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This study examined identity processes of gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals. Self-esteem scores, perceived stigma scores, and identity structures were obtained for 19 gay, bisexual, and lesbian participants. It was predicted that participants with heterosexually biased roles in superordinate positions in their identity structures would describe them...

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This study uses a longitudinal trend analysis of responses to Klein’s Sexual Orientation Grid (2014) to examine changes in sexual orientation in emerging adult college students attending college from fall 2011-fall 2019. Categorical regression revealed that participants were moving away from the exclusively opposite sex categories on the attraction and identity subscales at a rate of approximately 6% per year. A curvilinear trend revealed that movement away from exclusive heterosexuality augments after 2014, coinciding with changes in U.S. marriage equality. An analysis of the interaction of gender suggests that the movement away from exclusive heterosexuality is occurring more rapidly among female respondents. These findings suggest that changes in sexual identity are occurring potentially in response to a changing social and political context (i.e., advances in combating anti-LGBTQ prejudice and compulsory heterosexuality; changing gender roles) and that this transformation is more pronounced across cohorts of women.
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This project measure rates of racial disproportionality in out- of-school suspensions in New York State, above and beyond that explained by poverty. It uses these findings to explores policymaker and stakeholder resistance to these findings, with the ultimate objectives of (a) developing a theoretical model for disciplinary process that identifies standard practices and highlights areas where racial bias may enter that process, and (b) utilize this information to develop, implement, and evaluate a research-based intervention aimed at reducing racial disproportionality in disciplinary practices in schools.
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Article under review. Explores archival incident and arrest data to assess levels of racial disproportionality (black/white) of those initially suspected of criminal activity by law enforcement