Young women's experiences and perceptions of cunnilingus during adolescence Article

Bay-Cheng, LY, Fava, NM. (2011). Young women's experiences and perceptions of cunnilingus during adolescence . 48(6), 531-542. 10.1080/00224499.2010.535221

cited authors

  • Bay-Cheng, LY; Fava, NM

fiu authors

abstract

  • Recent studies indicate that cunnilingus may be as prevalent as fellatio among American adolescents. Despite this approximate equivalence in rates, there is an imbalance in the amount and type of attention paid to fellatio and cunnilingus. Furthermore, there has been little empirical examination of young women's experiences and perceptions of cunnilingus during adolescence. Two studies in response to this gap in knowledge were conducted. In Study 1, regression analyses indicated that a young woman's sexual assertiveness was linked to having more lifetime cunnilingus partners, as well as more cunnilingus experiences in the past three months. Study 2 explored young women's perceptions of cunnilingus and their speculations about their male partners' perceptions thereof. Linear mixed modeling revealed that participants had highly favorable impressions of cunnilingus, which they believed their male partners shared. These findings are considered in terms of positive adolescent sexual development and cultural norms regarding female sexuality. Copyright © The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.

publication date

  • November 1, 2011

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start page

  • 531

end page

  • 542

volume

  • 48

issue

  • 6