Revista Latinoamericana de Psicología
Print version ISSN 0120-0534
SIERRA, Juan Carlos; PERLA, Felipe and SANTOS-IGLESIAS, Pablo. Sexual guilt in youngsters: the influence of attitudes and sexual experience. rev.latinoam.psicol. [online]. 2011, vol.43, n.1, pp. 73-81. ISSN 0120-0534.
Sex guilt is a determinant of sexual behavior. The goal of the present study was to analyze sex guilt in a Salvadorian sample of 594 young with ages ranging from 14 to 18 years, selected through a non-random process, in order to assess the influence of socio-demographic and sexual attitudinal variables on it. Participants filled in the Revised Mosher Guilt Inventory, the Sexual Opinion Survey, the Hurlbert Index of Sexual Fantasy, and the Negative Attitudes toward Masturbation Inventory. Results of multiple regression analysis suggested that sex guilt is determined, among other things, by attitudes towards sexual fantasy, erotophilia, negative attitudes toward masturbation, and sexual experience, in this order, being the attitudinal variables more important than the socio-demographic variables. Results of studies like this are useful to analyze the role of sex guilt in human sexuality and to develop sexual education programs for adolescents.
Keywords : sex guilt; sexual fantasies; sexual attitudes; masturbation; youngsters.