Exploring relationships between sexual orientation and satisfaction with faculty and staff interactions

J Homosex. 2012;59(8):1167-90. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2012.712846.


Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) students are a unique population within colleges and universities, yet, few studies have sought to uncover the distinctive environmental influences and background characteristics that foster their satisfaction. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between sexual orientation and a sense of satisfaction with faculty and staff interactions among undergraduate students. Analysis of variance results indicated that LGB students, on average, reported significantly higher satisfaction with faculty and staff interactions than heterosexual students. Using Astin's (1993 ) input-environments-outcome model as a conceptual framework, the hierarchical regression analysis yielded numerous significant variables as predictors for student satisfaction with faculty and staff interactions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Bisexuality* / ethnology
  • Bisexuality* / psychology
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Faculty*
  • Female
  • Homosexuality* / ethnology
  • Homosexuality* / psychology
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Male
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Personal Satisfaction*
  • Regression Analysis
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Students*
  • United States
  • Universities