Social Desirability in the Bedroom: Role of Approval Motivation in Sexual Relationships

McCormick, Naomi B.; Brannigan, Gary G.; laPlante, Marcia N.
August 1984
Sex Roles;Aug84, Vol. 11 Issue 3-4, p303
Academic Journal
One-hundred and twelve unmarried participants completed a questionnaire that examined the relationship between gender and approval motivation (assessed by the Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale) and college students' stereotypes of and experiences with power in sexual encounters. Regardless of approval motivation, students described men as using power predominantly to have sex and women as using power predominantly to avoid having sex. However, interactions between need for approval and gender suggested that high-need-approval women might be having more experiences with sex and power in the bedroom than high-need-approval men. These results are discussed in light of Elkind's hypothesis that adolescent behavior conforms to an imaginary audience of peers and the Crowne-Marlowe model of approval motivation.


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