“It Felt Good but Weird at the Same Time”: Emerging Adults’ First Experiences of Six Different Sexual Behaviors

Sara A. Vasilenko, Megan K. Maas, Eva S. Lefkowitz

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Abstract

Although sexual behavior is multidimensional, little research has focused on the experience of nonintercourse behaviors for adolescents and emerging adults. This article uses open-ended coded data from a longitudinal study of college students (N = 346; M age = 18.5, 52% female, 27% Hispanic/Latino [HL], 25% non-HL European American, 23% non-HL Asian American, 16% non-HL African American, 9% non-HL multiracial) to examine what emotional responses emerging adults report about their first experiences of six sexual behaviors. The four most common emotional reactions were happy, excited, fearful, and indifferent. Descriptions were largely positive, although mixed reactions were relatively common and emotional reactions varied by behavior. Results suggest the importance of including multiple types of sexual behaviors, as well as their possible positive and negative outcomes, in sexuality education programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)586-606
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Adolescent Research
Volume30
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 13 2015

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  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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Vasilenko, Sara A. ; Maas, Megan K. ; Lefkowitz, Eva S. / “It Felt Good but Weird at the Same Time” : Emerging Adults’ First Experiences of Six Different Sexual Behaviors. In: Journal of Adolescent Research. 2015 ; Vol. 30, No. 5. pp. 586-606.
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In: Journal of Adolescent Research, Vol. 30, No. 5, 13.09.2015, p. 586-606.

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