9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN23 Sexuality

2009-09-04 09:00:00 2009-09-04 10:30:00 Friday, 4 September 09:00 - 10:30 Sexuality Across the Life Course Building I, 1E8

Early sexual debut and sexual life style reflexivity

Sexual life styles of persons with early sexual debut differ in some respects from the rest of population as shown by an analysis of factors associated with sexual debut in Slovenia. Such characteristics of sexual early-starters have been observed in other countries as well (e.g. France, Great Britain, and USA). Our paper will explore whether early sexually debut is related to reflexivity as a characteristics of sexual life styles. The level of sexual reflexivity will be measured both on interaction (communication with sexual partners, coping with sexual risks) and attitudinal level (restrictiveness/openness of sexual attitudes).

Drawing on sociological insights suggesting that most of the factors related to early sexual debut are not conducive to sexual reflexivity, we hypothesise that sexual life styles of early starters are characterised by a lower level of reflexivity than of the rest of population.

The paper will be based on data collected in Slovenia from a national probability sample of the general population aged 18-49 years in the year 2000.