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Chapter 2 Sex Research: Methods and Problems. Sexology. The study of sexuality Goal is to: Understand sexual behavior Predict sexual behavior Control / Influence sexual behavior Ethical considerations when “controlling behavior” Who comes up with the rules?. Considerations.

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sexology
Sexology
  • The study of sexuality
  • Goal is to:
    • Understand sexual behavior
    • Predict sexual behavior
    • Control / Influence sexual behavior
      • Ethical considerations when “controlling behavior”
        • Who comes up with the rules?
considerations
Considerations
  • Polls are not representative of the population
    • Self selection
  • Surveys can be if they are random
    • How to obtain a random sample
  • Correlation versus causation
    • Rape and violent pornography
reliability and validity
Reliability and Validity
  • Finding consistent results no matter who uses the tool/test/method
  • Correctly measuring what you want to ask a respondent
evaluating research questions to ask
Evaluating Research: Questions to Ask
  • Why was the research done? Who did the research? What biases are there?
  • Who were the participants? How were they selected & assigned to groups?
  • How was the research conducted? What methods were used?
  • Where was the research reported? What additional support is there?
ethical guidelines for human sex research
Ethical Guidelines for Human Sex Research
  • No pressure or coercion for participation
  • Informed consent and voluntary participation
  • Confidentiality and anonymity
  • Question of deception
  • Institutional ethics review
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important research
Important Research
  • Kinsey Reports
    • Not representative
    • Mostly white, educated, urban, protestant
    • Some Disagreed with him
  • National Health and Life Survey
    • African Americans engage in less oral sex and masturbation, more than one partner in the past year
    • Whites engage in the most oral sex (giving and receiving)
technologies in sex research
Technologies in Sex Research
  • Electronic devices for measuring sexual arousal
    • Penile strain gauge measures slightest change in penis size
    • Vaginal photoplethysmograph measures increased vaginal blood volume
    • Vaginal and Rectal myographs to measure muscular activity in the pelvic area
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