Gender and sexual experience as determinants in a sexual behavior hierarchy

Leonard Derogatis, Nick Melisaratos, Margaret M. Clark

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The present study sought to assess the influence of gender and previous sexual experience regarding the structure of the basic sexual behavior hierarchy. Results indicated that both gender and previous experience have significant effects. Overall, gender appeared to have a less substantial effect than previous experience, being more noteworthy for the similarities manifest between males and females than the few differences observed. Previous experience displayed a substantial effect, particularly in the upper portion of the hierarchy, with like-experienced groups showing marked similarity in their hierarchy patterns. Several significant gender-experience interactions were found regarding oral-genital behaviors, and a general trend was observed for females indicating negative appreciation from pre to postexperience. Males revealed positive appreciation from pre to postexperience on all but the most basic sexual behaviors. Conclusions were to the effect that while both variables influenced the hierarchy, effects were complex, and often mediated by additional factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-105
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Sex and Marital Therapy
Volume2
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1976

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Gender and sexual experience as determinants in a sexual behavior hierarchy. / Derogatis, Leonard; Melisaratos, Nick; Clark, Margaret M.

In: Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, Vol. 2, No. 2, 1976, p. 85-105.

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Derogatis, Leonard ; Melisaratos, Nick ; Clark, Margaret M. / Gender and sexual experience as determinants in a sexual behavior hierarchy. In: Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy. 1976 ; Vol. 2, No. 2. pp. 85-105.
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