Sexual Subjectivity, Relationship Status and Quality, and Same-sex Sexual Experience among Emerging Adult Females

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Title Sexual Subjectivity, Relationship Status and Quality, and Same-sex Sexual Experience among Emerging Adult Females
Author Boislard Pepin, Marie-Aude; Zimmer-Gembeck, Melanie
Journal Name Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology
Editor Ahmed Megreya
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Canada
Publisher Canadian Center of Science and Education
Abstract Sexual subjectivity (SS) includes sexual body-esteem, entitlement to self-pleasure and pleasure from a partner, sexual self-efficacy, and reflection about sexual behavior. The objectives of this study were to examine if females' SS was associated with their romantic experience, including status, length, quality, and same-sex sexual experience. Participants were 251 females with a mean age of 19.6 years. In simple group comparisons, females with steady partners were higher in sexual body esteem, self-efficacy and self-reflection, and those in longer romantic relationships (> 1.5 years) had higher sexual body-esteem and self-efficacy, but lower self-reflection. Females with a history of same-sex sexual experience were higher in sexual entitlement, self-efficacy and self-reflection. In multiple regression, females with a steady partner and who reported more positive romantic quality had greater sexual body-esteem. Females in longer relationships were higher in sexual self-efficacy but lower in self-reflection. Same-sex sexual experience was associated with greater entitlement to self-pleasure. For sexual self-efficacy and self-reflection, having a steady partner and a history of same-sex sexual experience were uniquely associated. The developmental, theoretical and clinical implications of these findings are discussed.
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Volume 1
Issue Number 1
Page from 54
Page to 64
ISSN 1927-0526
Date Accessioned 2012-01-25
Language en_US
Research Centre Behavioural Basis of Health; Menzies Health Institute Qld
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Developmental Psychology and Ageing; Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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