Is homosexuality more prevalent in agropastoral than in hunting and gathering societies?: Evidence from the Standard Cross-Cultural Sample

Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology Vol/Iss. Published online Springer International Publishing Published In Pages: 1-10
By Apostolou, Menelaos


Homosexuality will be more prevalent in agropastoral than in hunting-gathering societies when controlling for social stratification. (7)


The authors suggest that since social stratification covaries with subsistence type, it may account for the effect on prevalence of homosexuality. However, social stratification is only a marginally significant predictor (p = .087), while subsistence type, when dichotomized, is significant (p = 0.049). The author acknowledges the problem of multicollinearity, but also reports that when controlling for both social stratification and community size, subsistence type is marginally significant (p = 0.075), and neither control is.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Logistic regressionSupported when IV is dichotomizedp < 0.05UNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Community SizeIndependentSettlement Patterns
Social StratificationIndependentClasses
Subsistence ActivityIndependentDiet