Volume 9

College Students’ Perceptions of Sexual Promiscuity

Carrie Chapman and Kristin Muntz

Throughout the struggle for equal rights, attitudes toward appropriate sexual behavior have remained unequal between genders. This study was conducted to examine the existence of the sexual double-standard among college students. Participants were 105 college students, 50 of whom were men. Measures were completed evaluating the perceived risk-taking behaviors, sexual satisfaction, and sexual history of male and female scenario characters, as well as participants own attitudes toward casual sex, sexual anxiety, and self-esteem. Results indicated no differences in perceived promiscuity level or sexual satisfaction by scenario characters’ sex. However, personal reports did indicate that those scoring high in self-esteem were lower in sexual anxiety than students with low self-esteem. Further, men were more likely to participate in a one-night stand and sexual intercourse on a first date than were women. In contrast, the genders did not differ in attitudes toward various sexual behaviors.

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