Title

Dysfunctional Sex Beliefs as an Inhibitor of Female Intercourse Experience

Publication Date

7-2015

Abstract

Although many researchers have examined gender differences in sexual activity, few have analyzed the relationship between beliefs about sexuality and sexual behavior. Using a sample of never-married male and female participants, the current study examined the relationship between demographic, religious, and sexual belief items upon a self-report of premarital sexual intercourse experience and premarital total sexual experience (e.g., feeling nude breast, manipulation of penis). Results show that females with higher scores on a scale of dysfunctional sexual beliefs were less likely to endorse sexual intercourse experience and reported less total sexual experience. The same relationship was not true for males. Psychoanalytic, cognitive social learning, and evolutionary theories are suggested as reasons for such a relationship.

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology (PhD)

First Advisor

Simpson, Stephen W.

Document Type

Dissertation

Language

English

Keywords

Sex, Sex therapy, Sexual ethics, Premarital sex, Sexual disorders

Disciplines

Psychology

Comments

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Embargo Period

10-22-2018

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