ERIC Number: EJ1102181
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Analyzing Medical Students' Definitions of Sex
Talley, Heather; Cho, Janice; Strassberg, Donald S.; Rullo, Jordan E.
American Journal of Sexuality Education, v11 n2 p129-137 2016
An inaccurate definition of what constitutes sex can negatively impact the sexual health and wellbeing of patients. This study aimed to determine which behaviors medical students consider to be sex. Survey questions about various sexual behaviors were administered to medical students. All participants agreed that penile-vaginal penetration is sex. More than 25% of participants did not consider genital-genital contact without penetration, oral-genital contact, foreign object in rectum, and forced vaginal/rectal penetration as sex. Nonheterosexuals were more likely to consider genital-genital contact without penetration sex. We determined there was less than complete consensus among future physicians on what activities are considered sex.
Descriptors: Medical Students, Student Attitudes, Sexuality, Definitions, Health Behavior, Well Being, Student Surveys, Physicians, Online Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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