Gender differences in affective reactions to first coitus
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Family and Consumer Sciences
Men's and women's affective reactions to their first sexual intercourse experience were examined. Eighty-seven college men and 122 college women completed questionnaires about first coital experience. Women were significantly more likely to report that their first sexual experience left them feeling less pleasure, satisfaction, and excitement than men, and more sadness, guilt, nervousness, tension, embarrassment, and fear. Factor analyses were used to group emotions into coherent factors for each sex. Four factors emerged for men: pleasure, romance, anxiety, and guilt. Three factors emerged for women: pleasure/romance, anxiety, and guilt.
Guggino, J. M., & Ponzetti Jr, J. J. (1997). Gender differences in affective reactions to first coitus. Journal of Adolescence, 20(2), 189–200. https://doi.org/10.1006/jado.1996.0076
Journal of Adolescence
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