Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 289–302 | Cite as

Sexual socialization and motives for intercourse among Norwegian adolescents

  • Bente Træen
  • Ingela Lundin Kvalem


The impact of gender differences in sexual socialization on early sexual experiences among Norwegian adolescents is discussed. The material comprises a stratified sample of 920 adolescents ages 16–20 years in a Norwegian county. Data were collected by means of questionnaires. Of the respondents, 55.5% were girls and 44.5% were boys. 52.3% of girls and 41.4% of the boys had coital experience. The most common reasons for having had the first sexual intercourse were being in love, curiosity or excitement, and sexual arousal. Findings from a discriminant analysis showed that emotional reasons were more important to girls, whereas boys seemed more practical in sexual matters. More boys than girls reported that the reason for having had their most recent intercourse was that the partner wanted it. This indicates that if girls do not want sex, boys seldom use pressure. Girls set the premises for sexual interaction but are not as sexually skilled as boys.

Key Words

Norway adolescents sexual motivation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bente Træen
    • 1
  • Ingela Lundin Kvalem
    • 2
  1. 1.National Institute of Public HealthOsloNorway
  2. 2.Institute for PsychologyUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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