The Sexual Experience of Afro-American Women

A Middle-Income Sample
  • Gail Elizabeth Wyatt
  • June Dobbs Butts
Part of the Women in Context: Development and Stresses book series (WICO)


Documentation of sexual behavior in America was left to personal accounts, fantasy, and imagination until 25 years ago, when Kinsey and his research group published the shocking findings that 1 out of 2 married women in their sample of 6,000 reported having had intercourse before marriage (1953). These studies supported other evidence that premarital sex had been established as a trend in sexual behavior since the 1920s (Terman, 1938; Burgess & Wallin, 1953). Masters and Johnson (1966, 1970) pioneered a more in-depth examination of the physiology of human sexuality and the incidence of sexual dysfunctions. More contemporary research has documented the variety of female sexual behaviors (Hite, 1976). However, most of these studies are limited to white, highly educated samples from the urban northeastern part of the United States. With the exception of some data by the Kinsey research group, minority groups, teenagers, and geriatric populations were excluded from these landmark studies of sexual behavior.


Sexual Behavior Sexual Experience Sexual Expression Premarital Sexual Permissiveness Myth Number 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gail Elizabeth Wyatt
    • 1
  • June Dobbs Butts
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatric InstituteUniversity of California at Los Angeles School of MedicineLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryHoward University College of MedicineUSA

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