Amelia E. Talley
Texas Tech University
Mackenzie A. Cook
Catherine A. Schroy
Texas Ladies’ University
Making use of ladies’ self-identified sexual identification, the present research compares motivations for very very very first same-sex intimate encounters also linked experiential outcomes. We additionally examine whether relations between intimate motivations and outcomes that are experiential as a function of females’s intimate identification status. Participants had been females (N=123), many years 18-to-29 (M=21.59, SD=3.33), who self-reported a brief history of same-sex intimate contact. Around 27% of females defined as solely heterosexual (i.e., EH), 35% as mainly heterosexual (for example., ‘mostly heterosexual’ MH), and 38% as solely or primarily lesbian/ gay, or bisexual (i.e., LGB). Individuals finished a paid survey. MH and LGB females reported very very first same-sex intimate encounters which were more inspired by closeness and research motives, in accordance with EH womenpared to MH and LGB females, EH additionally involved in less sexual tasks along with their very very first partner that is same-sex. Intimacy and exploration motives had been pertaining to good experiential results during very very first contact that is same-sex. Associations between motivations and experiential results had been maybe maybe not moderated by intimate identification. Findings donate to understanding motivations and experiences associated with ladies’ very very first same-sex intimate encounters and show that not absolutely all ladies with a brief history of same-sex intimate contact afterwards determine having a minority identity label that is sexual.
Humans take part in sexual intercourse for a number of reasons and, necessary for the approach that is motivational understanding intimate behavior, these motivating factors are thought to contour subsequent experiences and expressions of sex (Cooper, Barber, Zhaoyang, & Talley, 2011). The precise reasons motivating sex, including same-sex task, can mirror a person’s wider approach or avoidance orientations ( ag e.g., Birnbaum et al., 2014), that are theorized become associated with distinct neurological and behavioral systems (Birnbaum et al., 2014; Gray, 1970, 1987). For instance, present findings claim that underlying excitatory/inhibitory motivational systems affect the motivation value connected with various risk-taking behavior (Birnbaum et al., 2014; Nagoski et al., 2012) and sexual stimuli (Birnbaum et al. 2014; Ferrey et al., 2012) and may also have broad effect on psychosocial and intimate functioning (Birnbaum et al. 2014; Impett et al., 2008).
The necessity of understanding motivational facets for starting same-sex activity that is sexual self-evident. This knowledge has got the prospective to see basic research examining facets that motivate adolescents’ and teenagers’ research of numerous sexual tourist attractions and impulses and eventually notify a particular sexual identity to their self-identification (i.e., intimate identification development; Rosario, Schrimshaw, & Hunter, 2006). The present work additionally has relevance for used researchers who look for to produce interventions that restrict negative effects ( e.g., intimately transmitted infections) for folks with distinct underlying motivations for intercourse that might potentiate risk-taking during initial and subsequent intimate encounters ( ag e.g., intercourse intoxicated by drugs or liquor).
Although initial intimate encounters might have lasting effect on subsequent intercourse and development ( e.g., Epstein, Bailey, Manhart, Hill, & Hawkins, 2014), a systematic contrast of teenagers’ subjective connection with and motivations due to their initial intimate encounters predicated on their self-identified intimate identification, aside from their partner’s biological sex, has yet become carried out. Ones own intimate identification is informed by different areas of their sex, including their self-labeling ( e.g., heterosexual, bisexual) along with their attraction toward and engagement in sexual intercourse with lovers of varying sex identities (Laumann, Gagnon, Michael, & Michaels, 1994; Morgan, 2013). Findings from qualitative interviews with “self-identified intimate minorities” (Galupo, Davis, Grynkiewiez, & Mitchell, 2014) claim that self-labeling of the intimate identification is of primary value in contemplating and determining an individual’s intimate orientation. Participants’ present, self-ascribed intimate identification ended up being viewed as “primary over present and previous experience that may otherwise be interpreted as ‘contradictory’” (p. 16).