Associations between insecure attachment and sexual experiences

@article{Gentzler2004AssociationsBI,
  title={Associations between insecure attachment and sexual experiences},
  author={Amy L. Gentzler and Kathryn A. Kerns},
  journal={Personal Relationships},
  year={2004},
  volume={11},
  pages={249-265}
}
Associations between insecure attachment and sexual experiences were tested in a sample of 328 college students. Variations in adult attachment previously have been shown to relate to sexual behaviors, with the current study extending earlier work by examining different sexual outcomes and by testing factors that may account for these relations. Avoidant attachment was expected to relate to engagement in casual sex (i.e., a greater number of sexual partners and lower percentage of partners… Expand

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