Archives of Sexual Behavior (ARCH SEX BEHAV )

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Archives of Sexual Behavior the official publication of the International Academy of Sex Research has emerged as the leading scholarly publication in the area of human sexuality. The journal reports the latest research trends in the science of human sexual behavior bringing together high-quality submissions from such diverse fields as psychology psychiatry biology ethology endocrinology and sociology. Contributions feature a broad range of subjects including: clinical research in sexual dysfunctions; neuroendocrine correlates of sexual behavior; the development of masculinity and femininity in children; therapeutic techniques ranging from behavior therapy to psychoanalysis; sexual attitudes and behaviors in special populations; sex education; and cross-cultural studies

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    ABSTRACT: In environments in which female economic dependence on a male mate is higher, male parental investment is more essential. In such environments, therefore, both sexes should value paternity certainty more and thus object more to promiscuity (because promiscuity undermines paternity certainty). We tested this theory of anti-promiscuity morality in two studies (N = 656 and N = 4,626) using U.S. samples. In both, we examined whether opposition to promiscuity was higher among people who perceived greater female economic dependence in their social network. In Study 2, we also tested whether economic indicators of female economic dependence (e.g., female income, welfare availability) predicted anti-promiscuity morality at the state level. Results from both studies supported the proposed theory. At the individual level, perceived female economic dependence explained significant variance in anti-promiscuity morality, even after controlling for variance explained by age, sex, religiosity, political conservatism, and the anti-promiscuity views of geographical neighbors. At the state level, median female income was strongly negatively related to anti-promiscuity morality and this relationship was fully mediated by perceived female economic dependence. These results were consistent with the view that anti-promiscuity beliefs may function to promote paternity certainty in circumstances where male parental investment is particularly important.
    Archives of Sexual Behavior 06/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: The DSM-5 (American Psychiatric Association, 2013) was released in May 2013. Although there had been discussions about the pedophilia category during the development of DSM-5 (Blanchard, 2010, 2013; Blanchard et al., 2009; Fedoroff, Di Gioacchino, & Murphy, 2013; First, 2010; Green, 2010; O’Donohue, 2010), in the end, when compared to DSM-IV-TR (American Psychiatric Association, 2000), only small changes were made.One was that “Pedophilia” was changed to “Pedophilia” or “Pedophilic Disorder” to make it consistent with the distinction between Paraphilias and Paraphilic Disorders throughout the chapter on Paraphilias in the DSM-5. The DSM-5 now defines Pedophilic Disorder as follows:Criterion A: a paraphilia with “recurrent, intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors involving sexual activity with a prepubescent child or children (generally age 13 years or younger)” and Criterion B: “the individual has acted on these sexual urges, or the sexual urges or fantasies cau
    Archives of Sexual Behavior 06/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Public reactions to internet child offending remain ambivalent in that, while there is vocal condemnation of contact child sex offending, there is less indignation about internet child abuse. This is potentially due to a lack of recognition of this type of offence as sexual offending per se. This ambiguity is reflected by internet sex offenders themselves in their verbalizations of their offending. This article presents a qualitative analysis of the accounts offered by seven individuals convicted of internet-based sexual offences involving the downloading and viewing of images of children. In particular, this article presents an analysis of the explanations of offenders for the commencement of internet activity and the progression to more illicit online materials. The data were collected through semi-structured interviews and analyzed using discursive methods, paying close attention to language use and function. The analysis documented the practices that internet child abusers employed in order to manage their identities, distance themselves from the label of sex offender, and/or reduce their personal agency and accountability. Implications of this analysis are discussed with reference to the current minimization of the downloading of sexually explicit images of children as a sexual crime per se by the public and offenders alike and the risk assessment and treatment of individuals convicted of these offences.
    Archives of Sexual Behavior 06/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: A number of studies have called attention to the problematic interplay between mood and sexual difficulties. However, despite the bidirectional conceptualization of the association between affective and sexual problems, few studies have adequately examined temporal precedence or state-level fluctuations between these two constructs. Using Clark and Watson's (1991) tripartite model of anxiety and depression, the current study employed a repeated measures design to examine how weekly changes in mood are related to weekly changes in sexual functioning in a non-clinical sample of premenopausal women. First, we examined how general distress, anxious arousal, and anhedonia are concurrently related to various indices of sexual functioning. Next, we examined lagged effects of mood predicting later levels of sexual functioning. Finally, we tested sexual functioning's influence on later reports of mood. Hierarchical linear modeling analyses revealed that of the three symptom types tested, anhedonic depression was the most consistently related to sexual problems, and that these relations were more proximal than distal. The preponderance of data suggested temporal precedence of mood on sexual symptoms. These findings emphasize the importance of prospective studies in the investigation of mental and sexual health.
    Archives of Sexual Behavior 05/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Using data from a large national representative survey on sexual behavior in France (Contexte de la Sexualité en France), this study analyzed the relationship between a multidimensional measure of sexual orientation and psychoactive substance use and depression. The survey was conducted in 2006 by telephone with a random sample of the continental French speaking population between the ages of 18 and 69 years. The sample used for this analysis consisted of the 4,400 men and 5,472 women who were sexually active. A sexual orientation measure was constructed by combining information on three dimensions of sexual orientation: attraction, sexual behavior, and self-definition. Five mutually exclusive groups were defined for men and women: those with only heterosexual behavior were divided in two groups whether or not they declared any same-sex attraction; those with any same-sex partners were divided into three categories derived from their self-definition (heterosexual, bisexual or homosexual). The consumption of alcohol and cannabis, which was higher in the non-exclusively heterosexual groups, was more closely associated with homosexual self-identification for women than for men. Self-defined bisexuals (both male and female) followed by gay men and lesbians had the highest risk of chronic or recent depression. Self-defined heterosexuals who had same-sex partners or attraction had levels of risk between exclusive heterosexuals and self-identified homosexuals and bisexuals. The use of a multidimensional measure of sexual orientation demonstrated variation in substance use and mental health between non-heterosexual subgroups defined in terms of behavior, attraction, and identity.
    Archives of Sexual Behavior 06/2013;
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    ABSTRACT: The exchange of semen, often referred to as “cum play,” has featured in gay literature and may be a unique aspect of many gay men’s sexual behavior. We investigated the prevalence of “cum play” and its context among 1153 HIV-negative and 147 HIV-positive Australian gay men in an online survey. Receptive cum play (partner ejaculating or rubbing his semen over participant’s anus, or participant using partner’s semen as lubricant) was reported by one in six HIV-negative and one quarter of HIV-positive men on the same occasion of protected anal intercourse with a casual partner (PAIC). HIV-negative men who engaged in receptive cum play during PAIC often believed that their partner was HIV seroconcordant and tended to trust that partner. They were also generally more optimistic about the likelihood of HIV transmission, and they often only used condoms at their partners’ instigation. Cum play was not uncommon and highlights the narrowness (or danger) of focusing on condom use without considering the implications of broader sexual practices and their meaning for sexual health promotion. “Safe sex” for some gay and bisexual men does not necessarily mean consistent commitment to condom use or to avoiding semen exchange. Many feel confident in their knowledge of their partner’s HIV serostatus and only use condoms with these partners at their partner’s request. Their commitment to safe sex may not necessarily be compromised by their practice of cum play, but the extent to which this could represent a risk for HIV transmission depends on the reliability of their assessment of their partners’ HIV serostatus.
    Archives of Sexual Behavior 03/2013; 42(7):1347-1356.
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    ABSTRACT: Very little is known about how enjoyment of sexual behavior is linked to the relationship context of the behavior among young adults in the United States. To examine this association, multivariate logistic and ordered logistic regression analyses were conducted using data from Wave III of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, collected when the participants were 18 to 26 years old (N = 2,970). Analyses explored the associations between four measures of sexual enjoyment and three measures of relationship context. Perceived equity was associated with sexual enjoyment, but the pattern of associations differed by gender. Perceiving oneself to be underbenefited was associated with less enjoyment for all four measures of sexual enjoyment among women, but for only one measure among men. Perceiving oneself to be overbenefited was associated with less enjoyment for three of the sexual enjoyment measures among men, but for only two among women. Most of these associations were no longer significant when subjective relationship commitment was added to the models. Among both young adult men and women, subjective relationship commitment was associated with all four measures of sexual enjoyment. In contrast, formal relationship status was not consistently associated with any of the sexual enjoyment measures. Young adults perceiving that they are in more-committed relationships enjoy their partnered sexual acts more, on average, than those in less-committed relationships. Anticipation of higher sexual enjoyment could be used by public health campaigns to motivate young adults to engage in fewer, more-committed sexual partnerships.
    Archives of Sexual Behavior 09/2012; 42(1).
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    ABSTRACT: Childhood sexual abuse (CSA) is associated with sexual risk behavior in adulthood, but little research has investigated processes that might mediate this relation. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether constructs suggested by the traumagenic dynamics (TD) model (a theory of the effects of CSA) or constructs suggested by the information–motivation–behavioral skills (IMB) model (a theory of the antecedents of sexual risk behavior) better mediated the relation between CSA and sexual risk behavior in adulthood. Participants were 481 women attending a sexually transmitted infection clinic (66% African American) who completed a computerized survey as well as behavioral simulations assessing condom application and sexual assertiveness skills. Forty-five percent of the sample met criteria for CSA and CSA was associated with sexual risk behavior in adulthood. In multiple mediator models, the TD constructs mediated the relation between CSA and the number of sexual partners whereas the IMB constructs mediated the relation between CSA and unprotected sex. In addition, the TD constructs better mediated the relation between CSA and the number of sexual partners; the TD and IMB constructs did not differ in their ability to mediate the relation between CSA and unprotected sex. Sexual risk reduction interventions for women who were sexually abused should target not only the constructs from health behavior models (e.g., motivation and skills to reduce sexual risk), but also constructs that are specific to sexual abuse (e.g., traumatic sexualization and guilt).
    Archives of Sexual Behavior 01/2012; 41(6).
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    ABSTRACT: Gender differences in color preferences have been found in adults and children, but they remain unexplained. This study asks whether the gendered social environment in adulthood affects parents’ color preferences. The analysis used the gender of children to represent one aspect of the gendered social environment. Because having male versus female children in the U.S. is generally randomly distributed, it provides something of a natural experiment, offering evidence about the social construction of gender in adulthood. The participants were 749 adults with children who responded to an online survey invitation, asking “What’s your favorite color?” Men were more likely to prefer blue, while women were more likely to prefer red, purple, and pink, consistent with long-standing U.S. patterns. The effect of having only sons was to widen the existing gender differences between men and women, increasing the odds that men prefer blue while reducing the odds that women do; and a marginally significant effect showed women having higher odds of preferring pink when they have sons only. The results suggest that, in addition to any genetic, biological or child-socialization effects shaping adults’ tendency to segregate their color preferences by gender, the gender context of adulthood matters as well.
    Archives of Sexual Behavior 01/2012; 42(3).
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    ABSTRACT: In this volume, Piontek explores the cultural, political, and historical impact of queer approaches to subjects that were once the exclusive purview of lesbian and gay studies. Proposing that conflict between lesbian and gay studies and queer theory is both inevitable and productive in part because ‘‘each does work the other is ill-equipped or unwilling to do,’’Piontek sets out to show how their contrasting ‘‘ways of thinking and theorizing…function in specific contexts.’’ Each chapter thus addresses cultural texts chosen for their utility in illustrating, as well as contributing to,‘‘debates in American culture and society about gender, sexual practice, and identity.’’ Chapter 1 contrasts Martin Duberman’s 1993 historical study Stonewall with Nigel Finch’s 1995 film adaptation, arguing that their different assumptions about what history is and why it matters represent the contrast between gay and queer approaches to the same subject matter. Chapter 2 examines a range of contributions—both political and literary—to gay male debates about promiscuity, focusing on the ‘‘rhetorical conventions that allow for a narration of the past 30 years either as the history of sexual liberation…or as the story of sexual license’’and seeking to disrupt these through a reading of ‘‘protoqueer’’ sexual ethics as they are developed in John Champagne’s 1988 novel The Blue Lady’s Hands. Chapter 3 addresses the 1970s gay liberation movement’s‘‘betrayal of the sissy boy’’in its failure to protest the American Psychiatric Association’s institution of the Gender Identity Disorder of Childhood diagnosis. Chapter 4 reads the anxiety, anger, and violence with which many people defend ‘‘the notion that there are but two stable, unequivocal genders’’against the serious playfulness of contemporary drag queen performance. Finally, Chapter 5 explores the minority sexual culture built around S/M practice to tease out the contrast between a queer theory centrally interested in sex as an avenue for social analysis, and lesbian and gay studies that often see ‘‘fringe sexualities’’only as‘‘obstacles to the mainstreaming of gays and lesbians.’’ Though the general topic areas of Stonewall, promiscuity, gender nonconformity, and the mainstreaming of lesbian and gay identities seem reasonably accessible, this book is not directed at a general audience and would not teach well to undergraduates or to most graduate seminars. In his first sentence, Piontek describes the book as an intervention‘‘in the conflict between those who see
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