A Multidisciplinary Approach to Sexual Behavior Profiles: The SEX360 Model

Abstract

The diversity of sexual behaviors is driven by multiple determinants, including physiological, cultural, educational, and sociological factors. However, the definition of sexual behavior profiles has been barely addressed from a comprehensive point of view. We aimed to develop a multidisciplinary questionnaire for defining individual sexual behavior profiles. The questionnaire was developed by a panel of experts with research experience in the fields of urology, gynecology, psychology, anthropology, and sexology. The list of items was defined in a focus group session and was based on four categories—family-oriented, loving, recreational, and functional—resulting from the combination of two axes: traditional versus non-traditional and sexual benefit versus extra-sexual benefit. Real-time Delphi dynamics was used to assign a weight to each question and a bias to the corresponding responses. The final questionnaire included 50 items considered relevant for describing sexual profiles; the final questionnaire was named SEX360. Of the 50 items included in SEX360, 14 were considered essential for computing the final score; 9 of them were associated with 2 categories, 4 of them with 4 categories, and 1 of them with 3. Nine items referred to the category “family-oriented”, 10 to “loving”, 8 to “recreational”, and 9 to “functional”. The weights assigned to each question ranged from 3.00 to 4.33, and the centers of gravity ranged from 1 to 4. The questionnaire proposed shows the existence of a vast diversity of sexual behavior profiles and may serve as a tool for sexual behavior research.

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E. García, J. M. Monguet, M. F. Peraza, M. González, D. Marre, C. Sánchez, C. Suso, A. Trejo, and A. Alcaraz declare that they have no conflicts of interest regarding the content of this manuscript.

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Eduard García-Cruz is a European Association of Urology’s Young Academic Urologist’s Men’s Health Group member.

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García-Cruz, E., Monguet, J.M., Marre, D. et al. A Multidisciplinary Approach to Sexual Behavior Profiles: The SEX360 Model. Sexuality & Culture 21, 942–952 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12119-017-9448-4

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Keywords

  • Sexual behavior
  • Sexology
  • Anthropology
  • Psychosexual development