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Asexuality: classification and characterization

Prause, Nicole and Graham, Cynthia A. (2007) Asexuality: classification and characterization Archives of Sexual Behavior, 36, (3), pp. 341-356. (doi:10.1007/s10508-006-9142-3).

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The term “asexual” has been defined in many different ways and asexuality has received very little research attention. In a small qualitative study (N = 4), individuals who self-identified as asexual were interviewed to help formulate hypotheses for a larger study. The second larger study was an online survey drawn from a convenience sample designed to better characterize asexuality and to test predictors of asexual identity. A convenience sample of 1,146 individuals (N = 41 self-identified asexual) completed online questionnaires assessing sexual history, sexual inhibition and excitation, sexual desire, and an open-response questionnaire concerning asexual identity. Asexuals reported significantly less desire for sex with a partner, lower sexual arousability, and lower sexual excitation but did not differ consistently from non-asexuals in their sexual inhibition scores or their desire to masturbate. Content analyses supported the idea that low sexual desire is the primary feature predicting asexual identity.

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Published date: 2007
Organisations: Psychology


Local EPrints ID: 206795
ISSN: 0004-0002
PURE UUID: 30a08af2-861e-48ce-b60d-ed2af1ed2adb
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Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 10:50

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Author: Nicole Prause

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