TITLE

EMOTIONS AND MOTIVATIONS IN FIRST ADOLESCENT INTERCOURSE: AN EXPLORATORY STUDY BASED ON OBJECT RELATIONS THEORY

AUTHOR(S)
Woody, Jane D.; D'Souza, Henry J.; Russel, Robin
PUB. DATE
March 2003
SOURCE
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2003, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p35
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This study examined first voluntary sexual intercourse as recalled by a sample of 106 young adults (mean age 19.2) with the goal of exploring intrapsychic motivations (based on object relations theory) and emotions prior to the event and their relationship to behaviours/reactions during and personal outcomes subsequent to the event. Before the experience, males had more positive emotions than females, total scores for healthy or unhealthy motivations for intercourse (according to object relations theory) did not differ for gender (although differences were found for several individual items), and being older predicted higher scores on healthy motivations. During first intercourse, neither emotions, motivations, gender, nor age was associated with condom or contraception use; only being male predicted orgasm. Findings on outcomes provided some support for the effects of motivations, emotions, gender, and age. The type of relationship was also related to the nature of the intercourse experience. Overall, the results suggest a rather complicated picture of object relations in the context of first intercourse, yet they expand our understanding of adolescent sexual development, and suggest directions for future research for effective sexuality education.
ACCESSION #
11751133

 

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