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This portrait of sexuality in close relationships presents an extensive examination of current theory and research. Contributors pay particular attention to sexual attitudes, behaviour, satisfaction and coercion, and discuss sexual patterns in several types of sexual relationship: dating, cohabiting, marital and homosexual. They show how sexual aspects of these relationships are related to other characteristics such as love and communication.

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Overview

This portrait of sexuality in close relationships presents an extensive examination of current theory and research. Contributors pay particular attention to sexual attitudes, behaviour, satisfaction and coercion, and discuss sexual patterns in several types of sexual relationship: dating, cohabiting, marital and homosexual. They show how sexual aspects of these relationships are related to other characteristics such as love and communication.

Drawing material from a variety of disciplines, including psychology, sociology, communication and family studies, the volume also explores sexual standards, predictors of sexual attraction, sexual scripts, the initiation of sex and negotiating safe-sex behaviours.

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Meet the Author

I am a social psychologist at Illinois State University. My primary appointment is in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, but I also have a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology.

My major research interests focus on issues related to PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS (romantic pairs, friendships, social networks). I have also conducted research on young adult (premarital) sexuality.

Courses that I teach at ISU include: Social Psychology (Soc 223), Senior Experience (Soc 300), Personal Relationships (Soc 265), and a graduate seminar on Personal Relationships/Family (Soc 469).

I received my Ph.D. in Sociology in 1985 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Table of Contents

Series Editors' Introduction
Preface
1 Attitudes About Sexuality in Close Relationships 1
Sexual Standards for Dating Relationships 2
Definitions and Types of Standards
Measurement of Sexual Standards
Changes in Sexual Standards Over Time
Influences on Sexual Standards Today
Sexual Attitudes About Other Types of Close Relationships 17
Attitudes About Sex in Marriage
Attitudes About Extramarital and Extradyadic Sex
Attitudes About Cohabitation
Attitudes About Homosexual Relationships
2 The Beginning of the Sexual Relationship 23
The Stages of Coming Together 23
First Seeing
First Meeting
The First Date
Attraction 28
An Overview of Methods Used to Study Attraction
Predictors of Romantic Attraction
Predictors of Sexual Attraction
Other's Sexual Experience (or Inexperience) as a Predictor of Attraction
3 Beginning Sex in the Close Relationship 43
The First Time 43
The Sexual Script for the First Time
The Significance of the First Time
Pathways to the First Time
The Sexual Decision-Making Process 47
Reasons for Not Having Sex
Motives for Being Sexually Active
The Initiation and Negotiation of Sex 52
Flirting in Public Places
Misperception of Sexual Intent
Sexual Initiation Strategies in Private
Resistance Strategies
Sexual Miscommunication
Negotiating Safe Sex Behavior 62
Talking About Sexual Histories and AIDS
Incorporating Condoms Into the Sexual Script
4 Sexual Behaviors and Satisfaction in Close Relationships 67
Sexual Behaviors in Close Couples 68
Frequency of Sex
Other Patterns in Sexual Behavior
Sexual Satisfaction in Close Couples 88
Measurement of Sexual Satisfaction
Other Subjective Assessments Related to Sexuality
How Sexually Satisfied Are Couples Today?
Which Types of Couples Are More Sexually Satisfied?
How Sexual Satisfaction Is Associated With Sexual Behaviors 94
5 Sexuality and Other Dimensions of the Close Relationship 99
Sex as One Element in the Close Relationship 100
Sex as an Act of Self-Disclosure
Sex as an Act of Intimacy
Sex as an Act of Affection or Love
Sex as an Act of Interdependence
Sex as an Act of Maintenance
Sex as an Act of Exchange
The Association Between Sexuality and Other Important Dimensions of the Relationship 105
General Relationship Satisfaction
Love
Conflict
Equity
Relationship Dissolution
Communication About Sex 120
Sexual Vocabularies and Personal Idioms
Initiation and Acceptance or Refusal of Sex
Sexual Communication and Relationship Satisfaction
6 Sexual Coercion in Developing and Developed Relationships 125
Sexual Coercion; Definition and Types 126
How Common Is Sexual Coercion in Close Relationships? 127
Sexual Coercion in Marriage
Sexual Coercion in Dating Relationships
Sexual Coercion in Homosexual Relationships
Attitudes About Sexual Coercion in Close Relationships 132
Experimental Research on Attitudes About Sexual Coercion
Survey Research on Attitudes About Sexual Coercion
Factors Related to the Occurrence of Sexual Coercion in Close Relationships 136
Behaviors and Characteristics of the Individuals
Characteristics of the Relationship
Membership in Certain Groups
Characteristics of Our Culture
A Model of Sexual Coercion in Dating Relationships 142
Outcomes of Sexual Coercion in Close Relationships 143
Outcomes for the Victim
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