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Asexuality: Prevalence and Associated Factors in a National Probability Sample

Anthony F. Bogaert
The Journal of Sex Research
Vol. 41, No. 3 (Aug., 2004), pp. 279-287
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4423785
Page Count: 9
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Asexuality: Prevalence and Associated Factors in a National Probability Sample
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Abstract

I used data from a national probability sample (N > 18,000) of British residents to investigate asexuality, defined as having no sexual attraction to a partner of either sex. Approximately 1% (n = 195) of the sample indicated they were asexual. A number of factors were related to asexuality, including gender (i.e., more women than men), religiosity, short stature, low education, low socioeconomic status, and poor health. Asexual women also had a later onset of menarche relative to sexual women. The results suggest that a number of pathways, both biological and psychosocial, contribute to the development of asexuality.

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