Sexual practices and the duration of last heterosexual encounter : findings from the Australian longitudinal study of health and relationships

Smith, Anthony M. A., Patrick, Kent, Heywood, Wendy, Pitts, Marian K., Richters, Juliet, Shelley, Julia M., Simpson, Judy M. and Ryall, Richard 2012, Sexual practices and the duration of last heterosexual encounter : findings from the Australian longitudinal study of health and relationships, Journal of sex research, vol. 49, no. 5, pp. 487-494.

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Title Sexual practices and the duration of last heterosexual encounter : findings from the Australian longitudinal study of health and relationships
Author(s) Smith, Anthony M. A.
Patrick, Kent
Heywood, Wendy
Pitts, Marian K.
Richters, Juliet
Shelley, Julia M.
Simpson, Judy M.
Ryall, Richard
Journal name Journal of sex research
Volume number 49
Issue number 5
Start page 487
End page 494
Total pages 8
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Philadelphia, Pa.
Publication date 2012-09
ISSN 0022-4499
1559-8519
Keyword(s) adolescent
adult
Australia
coitus
female
health status
human relation
longitudinal study
middle aged
psychological aspect
sex difference
sexual behavior
statistics
time
Summary This study investigated the association between sexual practices and duration of a sexual encounter. Using data from a population-based computer-assisted telephone survey of 8,656 Australians aged 16 to 64 years, four distinct patterns of sexual practices among respondents were found: “basic sexual encounter” (involving mainly kissing, cuddling, stroking one's partner and being stroked, and vaginal intercourse), “basic sexual encounter plus oral sex,” “all assessed sexual practices” (all sexual behaviors included in the survey), and “mainly vaginal intercourse” (characterized by lower levels of kissing, cuddling, and stroking). For both men and women, respondents classified in the basic sexual encounter plus oral sex, and all assessed sexual practices clusters reported significantly longer durations than those in the basic sexual encounter group, whereas respondents in the mainly vaginal intercourse cluster reported shorter durations. These differences were found even after allowing for demographic differences in sexual duration—specifically, age and partner type of the most recent opposite-sex partner. These findings add to the understanding of what typically happens in a sexual encounter. Overall, longer sexual encounters appear to be associated with the inclusion of the least common sexual practices—namely, oral sex and self-stimulation.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050108

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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