The Janus Report on Sexual Behavior

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Our society, in the opinion of many experts, has gone through more social and sexual change in the past twenty years than in the prior two centuries. Yet, amazingly, until The Janus Report, there has been no scientific study of sexuality since Masters & Johnson's influential report of the 1960s, and no large-scale survey since the Kinsey reports forty years ago. Based on a nationwide survey of adult Americans of every political and religious persuasion, from ages eighteen to eighty and beyond, and from every ...
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Overview

Our society, in the opinion of many experts, has gone through more social and sexual change in the past twenty years than in the prior two centuries. Yet, amazingly, until The Janus Report, there has been no scientific study of sexuality since Masters & Johnson's influential report of the 1960s, and no large-scale survey since the Kinsey reports forty years ago. Based on a nationwide survey of adult Americans of every political and religious persuasion, from ages eighteen to eighty and beyond, and from every income bracket and every region of the United States, The Janus Report surpasses all previous studies of American sexuality in both its scope and breadth. Frank, penetrating, and at times surprising in its findings, the Report cuts through platitudes and media hype to delve deeply into the American sexual psyche. Presenting its copious statistical findings in more than 270 tables, along with the observations of a panel of consulting experts, and numerous candid accounts by participants recounting their personal experiences, The Janus Report details for the first time the enormous changes in sexual attitudes and practices that have occurred in the 1980s and 1990s. The Janus Report also sheds new light on a number of today's most important social and political issues including love, marriage, divorce, parenthood, and abortion - offering revelations that are bound to make a lasting impression on the general public and influence the thinking of national policymakers and social scientists for years to come. Some of the Eye-Opening Facts About Contemporary Sex in America Revealed in The Janus Report:. ...The Death of Sex in America or a Second Sexual Revolution?...Instead of uncovering a new sexual Dark Ages brought on by fear of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, the Drs. Janus found that mainstream Americans have resumed their ongoing love affair with bounteous sex and have begun to successfully cope, creating what the authors term a "Second Sexual R
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Stuffed with formidable tables but leavened by first-person confessions, this dryly written, informative and often startling survey is an impressive contribution to understanding human sexuality and Americans' wide spectrum of erotic behavior in the age of AIDS. The Januses (he is a psychology professor at New York Medical College; she is a physician) analyzed 2765 questionnaires and follow-up interviews nationwide. This husband-wife team found that young people are commencing intercourse much earlier than in any previous era and that nearly half of the elderly respondents had an active sex life. One-third of those who consider themselves ``very religious'' have had extramarital sex at least once. Political ultraconservatives rated sadomasochism an acceptable practice far more often than did either independents or ultraliberals. The authors' claim that Americans are enjoying a ``Second Sexual Revolution,'' with more freedom than ever to explore their sexual selves, is not substantiated by the evidence. First serial to Redbook and Playboy; author tour. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Purported to be the first national study on sex life since Masters and Johnson, this volume's suspect methodology undermines the authors' claims that their findings are applicable to the entire United States. Based on nearly 3000 responses to anonymous questionnaires and 125 in-depth interviews (excerpted throughout the text) from 1983 to 1992, the wordy narrative serves more to reiterate than to analyze the results presented in the statistical tables. Filled with subjective misinformation, specious reasoning, inconsistencies, and redundancy, this poorly organized title is not a necessary purchase. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/92.-- James E. Van Buskirk, San Francisco P.L.
Alice Joyce
The doctors Janus show, once again, how sexual mores change with the times. This significant study--the latest since Masters and Johnson--prompted thousands of men and women to share beliefs and feelings on topics ranging from sex without intimacy, to fear of STDs, to attitudes of their families. In documenting the surprising responses, the report not only sheds light on sexual practices, but questions the importance of sex roles in modern society, comments on the most common causes of divorce, and asks how, if at all, one's political position affects one's sex life. In addition to numerous statistical tables and commentary evaluating them, the book contains excerpts from interviews with respondents, which add an important personal element to the survey. A timely and enlightening contribution to available literature on sexuality and that ubiquitous catchphrase, "family values," this is sure to garner major attention in the media and with readers everywhere.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471525400
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 430

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Sex in the Twentieth Century 7
2 Sexual Passages: From Late Adolescence to Postmaturity 19
3 Men and Women: A Study in Contrasts 53
4 Sexual Deviance 103
5 The Singles' Scene 135
6 Marriage and Divorce 169
7 Children: To Have or Have Not 203
8 Religion and Sex 227
9 Politics and Sex 263
10 Education and Sex 295
11 Money, Power, and Sex 323
12 Region and Sex 351
13 Looking Forward from the Past 375
Appendix A: Comparison of Janus Report Sample with National Census Data 401
Appendix B: The Janus Report Questionnaire 405
Index of Tabulated Results by Questionnaire Item 414
Notes 417
Index 423
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