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An Alternate Theory of Sexuality: Exploring the Relationship between Sexual Experience, Sexual Awareness and Sexual Attitudes

  • Author / Creator
    Blake, Jessica D
  • Sexual behavior is a dynamic aspect of human life that is influenced by experience, awareness, ideas, beliefs, culture and society. Many different explanations are used to explain the desire to engage in sexual behaviors that are considered to be non-conventional or non-normative. This study explored the relationship between sexual experience, sexual awareness and sexual attitudes. Reponses on measures of Sexual Awareness, Sexual Experience, Attitudes Towards Unconventional Sexuality, and Sexual Orientation were compared between samples of swingers, individuals who identify as LGBT and students. The results supported the hypothesis for a relationship between sexual experiences, sexual awareness, and sexual attitudes. Swingers scored consistently and significantly higher than the LGBT group and the students, while the LGBT group scored consistently between the swingers and students. It is unlikely that demographic differences could account sufficiently for the results of this study.

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  • Graduation date
    2014-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Education
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3WD5Z
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Educational Psychology
  • Specialization
    • Counseling Psychology
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Wells, Kris (Educational Policy Studies)
    • Buck, George (Educational Psychology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Schalomon, Melike (MacEwan University, Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences)
    • Leighton, Jacqueline (Educational Pscyhology)