Sadomasochistically Oriented Behavior: Diversity in Practice and Meaning

  title={Sadomasochistically Oriented Behavior: Diversity in Practice and Meaning},
  author={Laurence Alison and P. Santtila and N. K. Sandnabba and N. Nordling},
  journal={Archives of Sexual Behavior},
One hundred and eighty-four subjects (22 women and 162 men) who were members of two sadomasochistically oriented clubs answered a semistructured questionnaire containing items relating to a variety of sexual behaviors. Using a multivariate statistical analysis that geometrically represents the co-occurrence of individual actions as a visual array (Guttman (1954). In Lazarfeld, P. E. (ed.), Mathematical Thinking in the Social Sciences, Free Press, Glencoe, IL.) four qualitatively different… Expand
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