What's in a mean : an examination of the inconsistency between men and women in reporting sexual partnerships.
The mean rate of partner change is a key variable used in mathematical models of the transmission dynamics of sexually transmitted diseases and human immunodeficiency virus.
This paper uses data from the British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles to explore the consistency of responses given by men and women to questions about sexual life style.
In common with other surveys of this nature, men report a higher mean number of heterosexual partners than do women.
Possible explanations for such a finding are given in this paper and we show that the discrepancies can be reduced by making certain assumptions.
The importance of the age mixing of sexual partnerships is highlighted.
Mots-clés Pascal : Relation sexuelle, Partenaire sexuel, Autoévaluation, Sexe, Homme, Comportement sexuel, Biais méthodologique, Rappel, Enquête, Santé publique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Sexual intercourse, Sex partner, Self evaluation, Sex, Human, Sexual behavior, Methodological bias, Recall, Inquiry
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0144328
Code Inist : 002B30A03C. Création : 199608.