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Psychology, behavior, sexuality, college, gender


Gender and Sexuality | Psychology | Public Health | Social and Behavioral Sciences


Two-hundred and two college males and females who were randomly selected by sex, class (Freshman, Sophmore, etc.), and dorm took part in a survey on human sexual behavior. Subjects completed a 26 page questionnaire that outlined sociological factors of religion and economic level, in addition to items on past and current history of sexual behavior. In all 408 variables were investigated. Each subject completed the questionnaire alone in a classroom. This study is a first step of a multi-step process of analysis. This first level of data analysis provides an overview of the level of sexual behavior of the sample. Differences were found between males and females in the incidence of virginity, orgasm, oral sex, masturbation, and the desire to marry a virgin. Trends were seen across class levels in areas of incidence and frequency of sexual intercourse, oral sex, and responsibility taken for birth control. Females were found to have a greater rate of increase in level of sexual behavior than males for the period of Freshman to Senior years. Further analysis will be made to find correlational factors of these differences in levels of sexual behavior and trends over time.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status