The antecedents of premarital sexual behavior are examined using interview data from a national probability sample of 1,177 American college students. I hypothesize that a positive relationship exists between perceived sex knowledge, exposure to eroticism, dating experiences, and premarital sexual behavior. Dating frequency, intimacy, and related circumstances are proposed as powerful explanatory variables in understanding the developmental process leading to increased socio‐sexual involvement. Data are provided which confirm the hypotheses and lend support to the theory that a complex social‐psychological network of variables, centering around the opportunity and pressures associated with dating and peer group experiences, influences premarital sexual behavior.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||15|
|State||Published - Mar 1976|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Sociology and Political Science