ERIC Number: ED320075
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
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Relationships between First Sexual Experience and Later Love and Sex Attitudes.
Most studies examining the effects of initial sexual experience have revealed that the first sexual experience occurs before adulthood, and that its effects are dependent on the nature and extent of the experience, whether or not it was abusive, and with whom it occurred. This study explored relationships between the first sexual experience and later love and sex attitudes. Male (N=85) and female (N=81) college students completed the Love Attitudes Scale, Sexual Attitudes Scale, Attitudes Toward Self and Sexual Self Scale, Sex Guilt Subscale of the Mosher Forced Choice Guilt Scale, Bentler Heterosexual Behavior Assessment Scale, and a Sexual History Scale. Results revealed several significant correlations among the measures, some significant gender differences, and differences among subjects who described their first sexual experience as abusive and those who did not. Females seemed to experience more guilt about sex overall, while males appeared to experience significantly more guilt than females about premarital sex alone. The first sexual experience for males appeared to be more voluntary and satisfactory; males reported having more sexual relationships than did females. Males tended to take a more permissive attitude toward sex than did females. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Southwestern Psychological Association (36th, Dallas, TX, April 12-14, 1990).