Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 369–382

Volunteer bias in sexuality research

  • Donald S. Strassberg
  • Kristi Lowe

DOI: 10.1007/BF01541853

Cite this article as:
Strassberg, D.S. & Lowe, K. Arch Sex Behav (1995) 24: 369. doi:10.1007/BF01541853


Biases associated with volunteering for studies in human sexuality were studied. Beginning with a sample of over 1000 introductory psychology students, subjects participated in a two-phase study in which those willing and unwilling to volunteer for a variety of sexuality studies were compared. In both phases of this study, volunteers were significantly different from nonvolunteers on some, but not all, dimensions assessed. Specifically, compared to nonvolunteers, volunteers reported a more positive attitude towards sexuality, less sexual guilt, and more sexual experience. These differences were independent of subject gender. Sobering implications of these findings for the generalizability of sexuality research results are discussed.

Key words

volunteer bias sex research generalizability 

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald S. Strassberg
    • 1
  • Kristi Lowe
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA

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