Ethnic Influences on Sexuality

Ethnicity and culture undoubtedly have a substantial impact on the expression of sexuality. Examination of potential differences in sexual behaviors, attitudes, and values between ethnic groups has important implications for designing culturally-appropriate treatments for sexual dysfunction. Together with colleagues, I have published three manuscripts (Meston, Heiman, Trapnell, & Carlin, 1999; Meston, Trapnell, & Gorzalka, 1996;1998) examining differences in sexual behaviors and attitudes between SE Asian and Caucasian individuals and two manuscripts that describe differences in such relations between individuals of European, Asian, and Hispanic ancestry (Meston & Ahrold, 2010; Ahrold & Meston, 2010).

Recommended papers:

Meston, C. M., & Ahrold, T. (2010). Ethnic, gender, and acculturation influences on sexual behaviors. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 39(1), 179-189. PDF (300 KB)

Meston, C. M., Heiman, J. R., Trapnell, P. D., & Carlin, A. S. (1999). Ethnicity, desirable responding, and self-reports of abuse: A comparison of European-and Asian-ancestry undergraduates. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology67(1), 139. (PDF 1.41 MB),

Meston, C. M., Trapnell, P. D., & Gorzalka, B. B. (1998). Ethnic, gender, and length‐of‐residency influences on sexual knowledge and attitudes. Journal of Sex Research, 35(2), 176-188. (PDF 2.02 MB)

Meston, C. M., Trapnell, P. D., & Gorzalka, B. B. (1996). Ethnic and gender differences in sexuality: Variations in sexual behavior between Asian and non-Asian university students. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 25(1), 33-72. PDF (272 KB)