Validity and ethics of penile circumference measures of sexual arousal: A critical review

@article{Mcconaghy1989ValidityAE,
  title={Validity and ethics of penile circumference measures of sexual arousal: A critical review},
  author={Nathaniel Mcconaghy},
  journal={Archives of Sexual Behavior},
  year={1989},
  volume={18},
  pages={357-369}
}
  • N. Mcconaghy
  • Published 1 August 1989
  • Psychology
  • Archives of Sexual Behavior
Wheeler and Rubin (1987) advanced evidence that penile volume responses (PVRs) were no more sensitive than penile circumference responses (PCRs) in measuring erection which the authors incorrectly identified with sexual arousal. Knowledge of the literature would have led them to question that identification and the methodology of their study. PVRs have repeatedly been demonstrated to assess validly not erection but the sexual orientation of individuals, when derived from the early stage of… 
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