ERIC Number: ED302751
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
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Sexual Attitudes and Behavior of Bulimic Women: A Preliminary Analysis.
Irving, Lori M.; And Others
As a disorder repeatedly related to body-esteem and hypothesized to be related to sexuality, bulimia was expected to be related to contraceptive behavior. This study was conducted to examine the relationship between bulimia and sexual attitudes and behavior. Female college students (N=117) considered at high, medium, and low risk for developing bulimia answered a number of questions addressing their attitudes toward and comfort with sexuality as well as their sexual and contraceptive history. Risk for developing bulimia was found to be unrelated to sexual attitudes, and weakly related to greater frequency of sexual thoughts, fantasies, and arousal. High risk women reported first engaging in intercourse at earlier ages and were also more likely than other groups to engage in risky contraceptive behavior. Despite a tendency to report a greater number of previous sexual partners, high risk women currently engaged in sex less frequently, and expected to continue to engage in sex less frequently, than lower risk women. The results suggest that bulimia may be related to greater precocious sexual activity which may be part of a generalized pattern of impulsive behavior. Lower levels of current sexual activity may represent reductions coincident to the onset of the bulimic syndrome. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (96th, Atlanta, GA, August 12-16, 1988).