Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 137–150

Patterns of sexual arousal and history in a “normal” sample of young men

  • Terrel L. Templeman
  • Ray D. Stinnett

DOI: 10.1007/BF01541940

Cite this article as:
Templeman, T.L. & Stinnett, R.D. Arch Sex Behav (1991) 20: 137. doi:10.1007/BF01541940


Sexual histories and arousal patterns of 60 college men were sampled in a rural area to better evaluate the role of sexual arousal in males typically used as nonoffender controls in sex research. Nearly two-thirds of the sample (65%) had engaged in some form of sexual misconduct in the past, ranging from sexual contacts with children and coercive sex with women to voyeurism and frottage. Even more subjects expressed a desire for such activities. Previous experience with frottage, obscene phone calls, and pedophilic contacts was associated with higher subjective arousal to depictions of these activities. Previous experience with coercive sex or voyeurism did not appear to be associated with greater arousal to these activities. There was considerable variability in the arousability of subjects to the variety of deviant stimuli presented, thus blurring the distinction between pathological and normal arousal patterns. These results suggest that young men are easily aroused sexually by a variety of stimuli, and seek out a variety of sexual experiences, some of which are punishable by law.

Key words

sexual arousalsexual history“normal men”

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Terrel L. Templeman
    • 1
  • Ray D. Stinnett
    • 2
  1. 1.Eastern Oregon Psychological AssociationPendletonUSA
  2. 2.Eastern Oregon State CollegeLa GrandeUSA