Emerging Adult Sexual Attitudes and Behaviors: Does Shyness Matter? (2013)
Stephanie S. Luster1⇑
Larry J. Nelson1
Franklin O. Poulsen1
Brian J. Willoughby1
1School of Family Life, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, USA
Stephanie S. Luster, MS, School of Family Life, Brigham Young University, 2082 JFSB, Provo, UT 84662, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Numerous studies have shown how shyness affects individuals in childhood and adolescence; however, little is known about the effects shyness may have in emerging adulthood. This study addressed how shyness may be associated with sexual attitudes and behaviors of emerging adult men and women. Participants included 717 students from four college sites across the United States, who were largely female (69%), European American (69%), unmarried (100%), and living outside their parents’ home (90%). Results suggested that shyness was positively associated with sexual attitudes (reflecting more liberal views) for men whereas shyness was negatively associated with sexual attitudes for women. Shyness was positively associated with solitary sexual behaviors of masturbation and pornography use for men. Shyness was also negatively associated with relational sexual behaviors (coital and noncoital) and number of lifetime partners for women. Implications for these findings are discussed.