The social organization of sexuality : sexual practices in the United States / Edward O. Laumann [and others].

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Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1994.
xxxii, 718 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Sex customs -- United States.
Sexual behavior surveys -- United States.
Sex customs -- United States -- Statistics.
Sex customs
Sexual behavior surveys.
United States
Seksueel gedrag.
Medical subjects:
Sexual Behavior -- United States.
Sex -- United States.
Sexual Behavior -- United States -- statistics.
Local subjects:
Conducta sexual -- EE. UU.
EE. UU. -- Condiciones morales.
The Social Organization of Sexuality, a report on the nation's most comprehensive representative survey of sexual behavior in the general population to date, finally offers that basic information. Conducted by a research team centered at the University of Chicago, the National Health and Social Life Survey (NHSLS) was designed to determine the incidence and prevalence of sexual practices and to place them in their social contexts. Based on personal interviews with a probability sample of 3,432 American women and men between the ages of 18 and 59, undertaken by the National Opinion Research Center, this study explores the extent to which sexual conduct and general attitudes toward sexuality are influenced by gender, age, marital status, and other demographic characteristics. The results of this survey both allow us to better understand how sexual behavior is organized in American society, and offer significant implications for policymakers struggling with many of the nation's crucial health problems. In exploring the rate of new partner formation, for example, the researchers discovered that about 80% of American adults had only one or no sexual partner in the past year. By concentrating AIDS awareness information on the 20% of the population that had two or more partners. AIDS strategists would be better able to target and persuade this segment of the population to modify their sexual behavior. Other topics covered by the survey include early sexual experiences, masturbation, contraception and fertility, abortion, sexual abuse, coercion, sexual health, satisfaction, and sexual dysfunction. A wide variety of sexual practices and preferences are also explored in the questionnaire, including specific questions on homosexual desire, identity, and behavior, the appeal of various sexual practices, and their frequency and incorporation into sexual lives.
Theoretical background
The study design
Sexual practices and profiles of sexual expression
The social organization of subjective sexual preferences
The number of partners
Sexual networks
Epidemiological implications of sexual networks
Formative sexual experiences
Sex, health, and happiness
Sexually transmitted infections
Sex and fertility
Sex, cohabitation, and marriage
Normative orientations toward sexuality.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 679-706) and indexes.
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Gotham Book Mart Collection copy has dustjacket retained.
Penn Provenance:
Gotham Book Mart (former owner) (Gotham Book Mart Collection copy)
Penn Chronology:
Gotham Book Mart Collection (University of Pennsylvania)
Laumann, Edward O.
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