Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
This investigation examined the relationship between first sexual experience and attachment tendencies. Subjects' first sexual experiences were examined as a function of Bartholomew's four attachment categories: secure, fearful, preoccupied, and dismissing (Bartholomew & Horowitz, 1991). It was hypothesized that if a person's first sexual experience was negative, then he or she would score significantly lower on the secure attachment subscale. Results indicated (a) that college females who had a fearful attachment style were more likely to report that their first sexual partner pressured them into sex, b) that college females who were more dismissing in their attachment style were less likely to have pressured their first sexual partner into sex, and c) that college students who were more fearful in their attachment style were more likely to report having been manipulated into sex by their first sexual partners. The discussion focuses on discrepancies within the study and suggests considerations for future studies.
BF1 .M63 v. 3 no. 1 1995
"Attachment and first sexual experience,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 3:
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol3/iss1/6