Dating attitudes and behaviors of american and chinese college students
If so, how much are they willing to reveal about themselves? How important are such revelations to a relationship?Recently researchers have begun to provide a few of the answers to such questions (Byers & Demmons, 2010; Snell, Belk, Papini, & Clark, 1989).The revised sexual self-disclosure scale (SSDS-R) is targeted to one’s intimate partners, and is comprised of 72 questions and 24 topic areas.The 24 areas are clustered into four categories: sexual behaviors, sexual values and preferences, sexual attitudes, and sexual affect.The authors also devised a future-oriented response scale asking how much people would be willing to disclose.For example, “1 = I am not willing to discuss this topic with _______.” Byers and Demmons (2010) asked subjects about their behaviors: “disclosure of their sexual likes and dislikes.” Participants are asked to indicate on a 7-point Likert scale to what extent they have communicated their sexual preferences to their partners.
” Similarly, Quina and fellow researchers (2000) included a section in their Assertive Sexual Communication Scales, called “Sexual Communication for Preferences”, which is comprised of six items, including such statements as: “I let my partner know what I do not like in sex” or “I let my partner know what feels good to me in sex”.
It is generally acknowledged to be an important factor affecting people’s cognitions, emotions, motivations, behaviors, lifestyles, and wellbeing (Bond, 1997; Fiske, Kitayama, Markus, & Nisbett, 1998; Kağıtçıbaşı & Berry, 1989; Kitayama & Cohen, 2007; Lehman, Chiu, & Schaller, 2004; Markus & Kitayama, 1991; Singelis, 2000).
Yet, culture's influence on sexual self-disclosure has rarely if ever been investigated.
For example, “How much have you told your partner, the way(s) you like to be kissed?
”; “How much have you told your partner, the way(s) you like to be touched sexually?
In both the SSDS and the SSDS-R, respondents are asked to indicate on a 5-point scale the extent to which they have disclosed themselves to their intimate partners in the aforementioned categories.