Sexual Subjectivity, Relationship Status and Quality, and Same-sex Sexual Experience among Emerging Adult Females

Marie-Aude Boislard P., Melanie J. Zimmer-Gembeck


Sexual subjectivity (SS) includes sexual body-esteem, entitlement to self-pleasure and pleasure from a partner,
sexual self-efficacy, and reflection about sexual behavior. The objectives of this study were to examine if
females' SS was associated with their romantic experience, including status, length, quality, and same-sex sexual
experience. Participants were 251 females with a mean age of 19.6 years. In simple group comparisons, females
with steady partners were higher in sexual body esteem, self-efficacy and self-reflection, and those in longer
romantic relationships (> 1.5 years) had higher sexual body-esteem and self-efficacy, but lower self-reflection.
Females with a history of same-sex sexual experience were higher in sexual entitlement, self-efficacy and
self-reflection. In multiple regression, females with a steady partner and who reported more positive romantic
quality had greater sexual body-esteem. Females in longer relationships were higher in sexual self-efficacy but
lower in self-reflection. Same-sex sexual experience was associated with greater entitlement to self-pleasure. For
sexual self-efficacy and self-reflection, having a steady partner and a history of same-sex sexual experience were
uniquely associated. The developmental, theoretical and clinical implications of these findings are discussed.

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