Mapping the link between female sexual desires and behaviors in heterosexual dating relationships

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http://hdl.handle.net/10150/280682
Title:
Mapping the link between female sexual desires and behaviors in heterosexual dating relationships
Author:
Collins, Dawn Marie
Issue Date:
2004
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
According to feminist researchers cultural norms that dictate what females' sexual desires should look like serve to obscure the variations that actually exist within the lived experiences of women. Data from a sample of 81 females in heterosexual dating relationships were examined to investigate the links between females' sexual desires and sexual behaviors over a period of 14 days. A method of using quantitative data to produce qualitative narratives was used on a subsample of these women to identify three distinct pathways to frequent correspondence between young women's desires to engage in sexual touching and intercourse, and their reported sexual behavior on a daily basis. These pathways differed in the amount of variation in both positive and negative dyadic states exhibited by group members and the necessary conditions of inclusion for each group. In addition HLM analyses indicate that correspondence between females' sexual desires and both less intimate (hugging/cuddling and kissing) and more intimate (sexual touching and intercourse) sexual behaviors tended to predict higher levels of closeness, higher levels of positive affect and lower levels of negative affect towards one's partner on a daily basis. Furthermore, on days when females desired but did not engage in both less intimate and more intimate sexual behaviors, they reported significantly lower levels of closeness. The impact of discordance between desire and behavior differed on positive affect towards their partner, depending upon whether the behaviors were less intimate behaviors, or more intimate behaviors. Interestingly, the discrepancy between their desires and behaviors did not impact negative affect towards partner significantly. Females' daily perceptions of equality with their partner moderated several of the above relationships.
Type:
text; Dissertation-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Sociology, Individual and Family Studies.
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Family and Consumer Sciences
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Ridley, Carl A.

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dc.titleMapping the link between female sexual desires and behaviors in heterosexual dating relationshipsen_US
dc.creatorCollins, Dawn Marieen_US
dc.contributor.authorCollins, Dawn Marieen_US
dc.date.issued2004en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractAccording to feminist researchers cultural norms that dictate what females' sexual desires should look like serve to obscure the variations that actually exist within the lived experiences of women. Data from a sample of 81 females in heterosexual dating relationships were examined to investigate the links between females' sexual desires and sexual behaviors over a period of 14 days. A method of using quantitative data to produce qualitative narratives was used on a subsample of these women to identify three distinct pathways to frequent correspondence between young women's desires to engage in sexual touching and intercourse, and their reported sexual behavior on a daily basis. These pathways differed in the amount of variation in both positive and negative dyadic states exhibited by group members and the necessary conditions of inclusion for each group. In addition HLM analyses indicate that correspondence between females' sexual desires and both less intimate (hugging/cuddling and kissing) and more intimate (sexual touching and intercourse) sexual behaviors tended to predict higher levels of closeness, higher levels of positive affect and lower levels of negative affect towards one's partner on a daily basis. Furthermore, on days when females desired but did not engage in both less intimate and more intimate sexual behaviors, they reported significantly lower levels of closeness. The impact of discordance between desire and behavior differed on positive affect towards their partner, depending upon whether the behaviors were less intimate behaviors, or more intimate behaviors. Interestingly, the discrepancy between their desires and behaviors did not impact negative affect towards partner significantly. Females' daily perceptions of equality with their partner moderated several of the above relationships.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeDissertation-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectSociology, Individual and Family Studies.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineFamily and Consumer Sciencesen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorRidley, Carl A.en_US
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