Sexual attitudes and behavior of young adults who were burned as children

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2011, vol. 37, issue 2, pp 215-221
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Study examined the sexual attitudes and behaviors of adults burned as children. It was hypothesized that survivors with large burn scars would have differences in sexual attitudes and behaviors from their unburned counterparts. Ninety-two young adults, who were burned on 30 percent or more of their total body surface area as children, completed the questionnaires that assessed sources of sexual information, attitudes toward different sexual behaviors, and experience with different sexual behaviors. Sixty-five percent of the females and 52 percent of the males currently had a significant other. Although only 54 percent of women and 60 percent of men felt they were sexually attractive, 83 and 87 percent, respectively, endorsed feeling confident about sex. Experience with sexual intercourse was common: 90 percent of females and 76 percent of males. Burn severity was not significantly correlated with sexual attitudes and behaviors. In this study, the majority of 92 young adults burned as children described sexual attitudes and behaviors comparable to the general population and the vast majority had significant sexual experience.
Meyer, W.J., Russell, W, Thomas, C.R., Robert, R.S., Blakeney, P.
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