Lecture 22 11/14/17
Research on sexual behavior has problems because people are so sensitive about it
Applies social research to medical science, the study of the incidence,
distribution, and control of disease in a population
First scientific study of sexual practices in the US during the 1940s at University
Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948), Sexual Behavior in the Human
Very large samples can be just as biased as small ones if randomization procedures are
Edward O. Laumann et al. (1994) The Social Organization of Sexuality
U. of Chicago , National Health and Social Life Survey completed 1992: 3400
respondents, strict random sampling procedures, very high completion rate, 80%,
suggests high quality results
Important Research Questions:
What proportion of the population is gay, lesbian, or bisexual?
What proportion of married adults have extramarital sex?
Was Shere Hite correct that over 75% of married people have had extramarital sex at some
point during their marriage.
Three ways to think about being gay or lesbian:
1. Sexual behavior with members of the same gender
2. Sexual attraction to members of the same gender
3. Sexual identity as either gay, lesbian, or bisexual
Fear of gays and lesbians is most troubling for teenage boys and