Sexual activity prior to coital initiation: A comparison between males and females

McKay, Alexander
June 1999
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;Summer99, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p144
Academic Journal
The article presents a comparative research summary on sexual activity prior to coital initiation between males and females. The sample consisted of 120 male and 191 female college and university students aged 18 to 25 from the Northeastern United States. It was found that the avenge age of first intercourse was 16.1 years for males and 16.9 years for females. With respect to masturbation, 15% of males and 63% of females reported never masturbating before their first intercourse and 71 % of males and 24% of females fell into the moderate or high categories of masturbation frequency. For caressing an opposite sex partner's genitals, 87% of males and 85% of females reported this activity at least once prior to their first intercourse. In relation to oral sex, 70% of males reported performing cunnilingus at least once before first intercourse and 56% of females reported performing fellatio. The results of the study suggest that many adolescents can be considered sexually active even though they may not have had sexual intercourse.


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