ERIC Number: ED347467
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
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Gender Differences in the Resolution of Sexual Disagreement Situations.
O'Sullivan, Lucia; And Others
In recent years, researchers have documented a convergence of gender roles in sexual interactions. In disagreement situations, where one partner desires a higher level of sexual activity than the other, man's traditional role was that of the aggressive initiator and woman's role was that of the passive recipient of unwanted sexual advances. Researchers have begun to study changes in these gender roles. This study was designed to determine whether this trend extends to behavior within sexual disagreement situations. Subjects were 139 male and 159 female unmarried heterosexual undergraduate students enrolled in an introductory class. Subjects provided information on a situation involving either a man's or a woman's desire for a higher level of sexual activity than their partner. Subjects reported more male initiated disagreement interactions (i.e., in which the man desired the higher level of sexual activity), although the majority reported female initiated disagreement interactions. For the most part, men and women used similar verbal and nonverbal behaviors to influence a date. Two exceptions were noted: men were more likely than women to verbally comply with a refusal and to stop all physical contact after a refusal. Also, subjects tended to view their own influence behavior in more positive terms than their partner's behavior. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sex (34th, New Orleans, LA, November 7-10, 1991).