M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and Applied Psychology
College of Science & Mathematics
College students--Sexual behavior; Sexual behavior surveys
The purpose of this study is to identify group differences between sexual status (reluctant virgins, satisfied virgins, and non-virgins) in college students. Specifically, this study explored differences between groups in self-esteem (global, social, and body), dating (length of relationship and number of dating partners), and the beliefs in the double standard mediating differences in self-esteem. It was hypothesized that reluctant virgins would have lower self-esteem and shorter relationships than satisfied virgins and non-virgins. There was modest support for the stated hypotheses: reluctant virgins had lower social self esteem (M= 114.4) than non-virgins (M= 138.5). Reluctant virgins also had a poorer body image (M = 153.9) than both satisfied virgins (M = 196.57) and non-virgins (M= 155.12). Lastly, reluctant virgins experienced shorter dating relationships (M= 6.00) than non-virgins (M= 25.5).
DiMauro, Dina, "Reluctant virginity: the relationship between sexual status and self-esteem" (2008). Theses and Dissertations. 717.