Sexual scripts: Permanence and change

  title={Sexual scripts: Permanence and change},
  author={William E. Simon and John H. Gagnon},
  journal={Archives of Sexual Behavior},
  • W. Simon, J. Gagnon
  • Published 1 April 1986
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Archives of Sexual Behavior
A general introduction to scripting theory is offered, attempting to provide links between macrolevel considerations of sociocultural development and general theories of individual development. The scripting of behavior is examined on three distinct levels: cultural scenarios (instruction in collective meanings), interpersonal scripts (the application of specific cultural scenarios by a specific individual in a specific social context), and intrapsychic scripts (the management of desires as… 
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