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Sociosexual Orientation

  • By: Jeffry A. Simpson
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

The construct of sociosexuality was developed to explain variation in the degree to which individuals need to feel emotionally close and connected to romantic partners before having sex with them. In his pioneering study of human sexuality, Alfred Kinsey documented that, ...

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