Sex Roles

, Volume 46, Issue 3–4, pp 75–89 | Cite as

Attitudes to Marriage and Sexual Behaviors: A Survey of Gender and Culture Differences in China and United Kingdom

  • Louise T. Higgins
  • Mo Zheng
  • Yali Liu
  • Chun Hui Sun


This paper reports a survey carried out among 505 university students in China and 338 students in the United Kingdom. The survey included questions on attitudes toward mate-selection preferences, marriage, and sexual behavior. The findings show that traditional values in mate-selection preferences persist more in China than in the United Kingdom and indicate that, despite a profound social revolution over the last two decades, a relatively conservative sexual culture still exists in China today. Traditional morality and attitudes prevail especially among women. Gender and culture differences are discussed.

China marriage sexual behavior gender culture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Louise T. Higgins
    • 1
  • Mo Zheng
    • 2
  • Yali Liu
    • 3
  • Chun Hui Sun
    • 3
  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentChester College of Higher EducationChesterUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Psychology DepartmentUniversity of Southern California
  3. 3.Psychology DepartmentBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingPeople's Republic of China

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