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. 49, No. 2-3, March-June

Body Image and Female Sexual Functioning and Behavior: A Review
At first sight, sexuality and body image are obviously connected. There is no doubt that physical appearance is a major component of the experiences of women's sexuality (McClintock, 2011). The concept of body image is comprised of cognitive and emotional...
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Correlates of Male Condom Use Skills among High-Risk Women in South Africa
The HIV/AIDS epidemic has continued to devastate South Africa, where more than 5.5 million people are estimated to be living with HIV (Department of Health, 2010). Similar to the trend in sub-Saharan Africa, the primary mode of HIV transmission in...
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Different Perspectives on the Sex-Attachment Link: Towards an Emotion-Motivational Account
Sexuality is an integral part of most romantic relationships. Thus, one might expect that research on sex and relationships is highly intertwined. This is, however, not the case. Sex researchers tend to disregard relationship processes when studying...
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Eroticizing Inequality in the United States: The Consequences and Determinants of Traditional Gender Role Adherence in Intimate Relationships
I do not want to be the leader. I refuse to be the leader. I want to live darkly and richly in my femaleness. I want a man lying over me, always over me. His will, his pleasure, his desire, his life, his work, his sexuality the touchstone, the command,...
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Exploring the Diversity of Gender and Sexual Orientation Identities in an Online Sample of Transgender Individuals
Within the last 15 to 20 years, transgender has expanded to become an umbrella term applied to a diverse group of individuals whose gender identity or expression diverges from culturally defined categories of sex and gender (Lev, 2007; Mallon, 1999)....
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Investigating the Impact of Inquiry Mode on Self-Reported Sexual Behavior: Theoretical Considerations and Review of the Literature
In 1941, Alfred Kinsey began one of the first large-scale studies of sexual behavior in modern scientific history-an effort that was met with substantial resistance at the time (Bullough, 1998). Many of the early questions that were raised regarding...
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Is Sexual Well-Being Part of Subjective Well-Being? an Empirical Analysis of Belgian (Flemish) Survey Data Using an Extended Well-Being Scale
In recent years, academic interest in the topic of subjective well-being has surged (Carnfield & Skevington, 2008; Diener, 2009; Helliwell & Barrington-Leigh, 2010; Krueger & Schkade, 2008). In this stream of the academic literature, the...
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One Love: Explicit Monogamy Agreements among Heterosexual Young Adult Couples at Increased Risk of Sexually Transmitted Infections
The impact of HIV on women of color in the United States is especially severe. The rate of HIV infection among African American women was nine times that of White women in 2008 (73.7 vs. 8.2 per 100,000). Among Hispanic women, the rate (25.0 per 100,000)...
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Promoting Sexual Literacy around the World through Film: A Review of WWW.SexSmartFilms.Com
Promoting Sexual Literacy around the World through Film: A Review of www.SexSmartFilms.com Reviewed by Carey Roth Bayer, Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine/Pediatrics, Morehouse School of Medicine, 720 Westview Dr. SW, Atlanta,...
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Sexual Expression in Later Life: A Review and Synthesis
The sexual expression of typical, healthy older persons is a relatively neglected topic of research. There are hundreds of studies of the negative impact of specific illnesses, medical conditions, or medication on sexual functioning of persons over...
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Sexual Selection on Human Faces and Voices
In some animal species, the two sexes differ so greatly in appearance that they could be mistaken for separate species. Such was the case when Carl Linnaeus, the father of modern taxonomy, misclassified male and female mallard ducks as Anas boschas...
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The Relationship between Sex Guilt and Sexual Desire in a Community Sample of Chinese and Euro-Canadian Women
Research comparing individuals of European and Asian descent on sexuality-related variables has found significant group differences across almost every domain of sexuality that has been examined. However, there has been a remarkable paucity of research...
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The Road Ahead: Theoretical Models to Guide New Sex Research
In my first editorial as editor of the Annual Review of Sex Research (ARSR; van Lankveld, 2011), I invited potential authors not only to write scholarly reviews on cutting-edge research in sexuality, but also to think ahead, to extrapolate the lines...
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Victimization Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Individuals: A Meta-Analysis
On October 28, 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama signed the hate crimes bill into law, making it a federal crime to assault an individual based on sexual orientation or gender identity. According to the General Social Survey, in the past few decades,...
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Young Adults and Casual Sex: The Relevance of College Drinking Settings
Several studies have found that casual sex is not an unusual event among college students. For example, a random sample of undergraduate students found that 30% had engaged in sexual intercourse with a stranger or brief acquaintance in college, and...
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