The Sex Lives of College Students: Two Decades of Attitudes and Behaviors

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The Sex Lives of College Students presents the results of more than a 100-question human sexuality survey administered over the past two decades to thousands of college students ages 18-22. The goal is to better understand their sexual attitudes and behaviors, as well as trends. The findings raise awareness and provide perspective about students' understanding of sex matters and related difficult issues, and tell us we still have a long way to go before people own their sexuality. The survey reinforces the fact that young adults are generally comfortable pursuing sexual relationships, but often fail to openly discuss sexual issues. Some of the results suggest that the double standard is alive and well, as when more college women than men say that love is important in sex. The Sex Lives of College Students provides a springboard for honest dialogue about the role of sexuality in people's lives and a forum for more public discussion of private parts.

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Sandy Caron's book, The Sex Lives of College Students: Two Decades of Attitudes and Behaviors, is a MUST read for anyone who teaches college human sexuality classes or provides sexual health services to college students. This unique and amazing 20-year snapshot of sexuality-related attitudes and behaviors of nearly 5000 college students at one university shows important trends that can inform the development of more relevant sexuality education and services and the discussion of sexuality and cultural changes.  Conveying the findings to students can provoke not only discussion of sexuality issues dominant to college students from yesterday to today but also can lead to students being reflective about their own sexuality.  Certainly I will share the findings with my human sexuality students.  I applaud and thank Dr. Caron for her foresight and perseverance in conducting this valuable annual survey for the past two decades.  I hope Dr. Caron continues this study and to all early-career sexuality educators, I challenge you to begin your own annual survey--believe me, before you know it you will have several decades of trend data that also will be valuable to human sexuality students and professionals.
 
William L. Yarber
Professor of Applied Health Science
Senior Research Fellow, The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction
Indiana University, Bloomington
 
Co-author (with Barbara Sayad) of the widely used college textbook,  Human Sexuality: Diversity in Contemporary America, 8th edition, 2013, McGraw-Hill.

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Dr. Sandra L. Caron is Professor of Family Relations and Human Sexuality at the University of Maine, where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in family studies and human sexuality. She has been a member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality for nearly 30 years. She is the founder and director of three nationally recognized peer sexuality education programs: Athletes for Sexual Responsibility, Male Athletes Against Violence, and The Greek Peer Educator Program. For two decades, she wrote a weekly newspaper column and hosted a radio show on sexuality called "Sex Matters." She now hosts a national website for college students — collegesextalk.com. Dr. Caron received a Ph.D. in human development with an emphasis in human sexuality in 1986 from Syracuse University, where she studied under Dr. Sol Gordon, along with Dr. Clive Davis. She returned to her home state of Maine and joined the University of Maine faculty in 1988. Her research and publications have focused on the social-sexual development of young people, with an emphasis on sexual decision-making, contraceptive use, safer sex, sexual assault, sexuality education, and cross-cultural perspectives. She has authored two books published by Pearson, "Sex Matters for College Students: FAQs in Human Sexuality" and "Sex Around the World: Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Human Sexuality." Dr. Caron was received numerous recognitions for her work. Most recently, she received the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mabel Wadsworth Women's Health Center in Bangor, Maine, for her contribution to the field of sexual and reproductive health. In 2002, she received the University of Maine Presidential Public Service Achievement Award and, in 1999, the Margaret Vaughn Award from the Family Planning Association of Maine, for her outstanding contribution to sexuality education. She received UMaine's 1998 Presidential Outstanding Teaching Award and, in 1997, was the first recipient of the university's Faculty-Student Centered Award.

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