The Journal of Sex Research

The Journal of Sex Research is a scholarly, multidisciplinary journal covering the study of sexuality. The Journal of Sex Research is published quarterly by the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality in Allentown, Pa. Cynthia A. Graham is the editor.

Articles from Vol. 47, No. 5, September-October

Ambivalence in Adolescents' Decisions about Having Their First Sexual Intercourse
Sexual Decision Making in Adolescence Sexual development is a normative developmental task in adolescence (Russell, 2005; Tolman, Striepe, & Harmon, 2003), and the majority of people become sexually active during it (e.g., Krahe, 2008; Moore...
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Commentary on Nobelins et Al.'s "'You Still Need to Give Her a Token of Appreciation': The Meaning of the Exchange of Money in the Sexual Relationships of Out-of-School Adolescents in Rural Southwest Uganda"
"Sexual activity is a cultural practice." I suspect few researchers working in the sexual domain would disagree with the above statement. Yet, I wonder how often those of us who are trained and immersed in predominantly Eurocentric understandings,...
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Masculinity and Relationship Agreements among Male Same-Sex Couples
The prevalence and visibility of male same-sex couples has dramatically increased in the United States within the last several years. Data from the American Community Survey indicated a 30% increase in the reported number of same-sex couples between...
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Personality, Sexuality, and Substance Use as Predictors of Sexual Risk Taking in College Students
Risky sexual behaviors are a serious problem on college campuses in the United States (Pluhar, Fongillo, Stycos, & Dempster-McClain, 2003), with a large number of undergraduates reportedly engaging in these behaviors, such as using drugs or alcohol...
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Sexual Orientation and Sexual Behavior among Latino and Asian Americans: Implications for Unfair Treatment and Psychological Distress
A growing body of literature indicates that sexual minorities in the United States exhibit worse mental health than their heterosexual counterparts (Cochran & Mays, 2000; Cochran, Sullivan, & Mays, 2003; Fergusson, Horwood, & Beautrais,...
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Sex without Desire: Characteristics of Occasions of Sexual Compliance in Young Adults' Committed Relationships
Within the past two decades, a body of research has emerged clarifying the distinction between wanting and consenting to sexual activity (Houts, 2005; Morgan, Johnson, & Sigler, 2006; O'Sullivan, 2005; O'Sullivan & Allgeier, 1998; Peterson...
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The Relationship between Condom-Related Protective Behavioral Strategies and Condom Use among College Students: Global- and Event-Level Evaluations
Individuals who engage in risky sexual behavior (typically defined as multiple partners, casual partners, unprotected sexual activity, or coinciding risky behavior such as heavy alcohol consumption) are at risk for negative consequences such as sexually...
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The Sexual Consent Scale-Revised: Development, Reliability, and Preliminary Validity
Sexual consent, defined as the freely given verbal or nonverbal communication of a feeling of willingness to engage in sexual activity (Hickman & Muehlenhard, 1999), is an understudied concept in fields of sexual communication and sexual coercion....
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Virginity Loss Narratives in "Teen Drama" Television Programs
Scholars studying teenage sexuality suggest that virginity loss, socially defined as first (heterosexual) sex, is marked as a meaningful event in which adult sexuality is achieved (e.g., Carpenter, 2005; Holland, Ramazanoglu, Sharpe, & Thompson,...
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"You Still Need to Give Her a Token of Appreciation": The Meaning of the Exchange of Money in the Sexual Relationships of Out-of-School Adolescents in Rural Southwest Uganda
Exchange in adolescent sexual relationships is often described as a transaction with inherent risk (Chatterji, Murray, London, & Anglewicz, 2004; Luke, 2003). Concerns about the health risks associated with transactional sex are understandable,...
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