Self-Determination and Sexual Experience in Dating Relationships

  title={Self-Determination and Sexual Experience in Dating Relationships},
  author={Amy B. Brunell and Gregory D. Webster},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={970 - 987}
The authors propose the Model of Self-Determined Sexual Motivation to examine sexual motivation in dating relationships using a Self-Determination Theory (SDT) framework. This model predicted that sexual need satisfaction would mediate the association between self-determined sexual motives and the outcome variables of psychological well-being and relational quality. Three studies tested this model. Study 1 was a cross-sectional study that investigated sexual motivation in dating relationships… 

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