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ERIC Number: ED371289
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Self-Reported Sexual Behavior in College Students.
Rawls, Annette; And Others
The purpose of this study was to determine the actual behaviors or problems which college students are experiencing, as opposed to their general attitudes concerning sexuality. The study surveys sexual behavior in college students, including usage of sexual enhancements (such as pornography, provocative dress, and sadomasochism), "safe sex" practices, HIV awareness, and reported experience of sexual dysfunction. A confidential questionnaire composed of author-devised questions and questions adapted from previous surveys by Hernandez & Smith (1990) and Spencer and Zeiss (1987) was administered to 127 randomly selected subjects. The Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale (MC-SDS, 1960) was administered concurrently, in order to assess the extent of social desirability contamination of the sexual behavior measures. The surveys were individually administered using procedures to safeguard confidentiality. Reported HIV awareness (80%) made respondents cautious about sex, females being more concerned than males. 75% of respondents said they were likely to use a condom during intercourse. High scoring individuals on the Marlowe-Crowne were more likely to encourage partners to wear provocative lingerie or costumes, suggesting possible contamination. Almost twice as many males as females view x-rated films or engage in sadomasochistic practices, and more males than females report feeling comfortable viewing such films with their partners. (MSF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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