For females, as the number of sexual partners increase, depressive symptoms increase as well.
According to a study featured in the Journal of Sex Research, various studies have shown that a majority of adolescents first engage in sexual intercourse before they graduate from high school. Furthermore, other studies have shown that 70% of college students report having had sexual intercourse with individuals they did not consider to be their romantic partner. Casual sex, as defined by this study, is a sexual relationship in which the partners do not define the relationship as romantic or as their partner being their boyfriend or girlfriend. These “relationships” are mainly based on sexual desires or physical attraction alone and commonly involve drugs or alcohol. In this particular study, the researchers aimed to identify the factors and circumstances associated with those engaged in casual sex and sought to examine the link between casual sex and depressive symptoms.. Researchers used a sample of 404 undergraduate students who were enrolled in an introductory psychology course at a large university in the southeastern
[i][i]No Strings Attached: The Nature of Casual Sex in College Students, The Journal of Sex Research, Vol. 43, No. 3, August 2006, pp. 255-267.
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