Dysfunctional Sex Beliefs as an Inhibitor of Female Intercourse Experience
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.
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology (PhD)
Simpson, Stephen W.
Sex, Sex therapy, Sexual ethics, Premarital sex, Sexual disorders