Which Behaviors Constitute “Having Sex” Among University Students in the UK?

  title={Which Behaviors Constitute “Having Sex” Among University Students in the UK?},
  author={Marian Pitts and Qazi Rahman},
  journal={Archives of Sexual Behavior},
The aim of this study was to establish which behaviors were considered to constitute sexual relations and to compare a group of undergraduates in the UK with a group in the US. An opportunistic sample of 190 female and 124 male UK undergraduate university students was surveyed by questionnaire. The main outcome measure was percentage of responses to 11 different behaviors believed to constitute “having sex.” The majority of respondents regarded having sex as involving penile–vaginal and penile… 

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    American Journal of Biomedical Science & Research
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