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Sexual debut and the number of sexual partners in emerging adulthood

PUBLISHED July 03, 2023 (DOI: https://doi.org/10.54985/peeref.2307p7056317)



Carson Dover1 , Corinne Archibald-Sato1 , Brian Willoughby1
  1. Brigham Young University

Conference / event

BYU Fulton Conference, December 2023 (Provo, United States)

Poster summary

Sexual debut in adolescence can influence outcomes in emerging adulthood, including more sexual partners. We sought to examine how the timing of sexual debut is associated with the number of both committed and uncommitted partners one is likely to obtain in early emerging adulthood. Results showed that an early sexual debut is associated with more sexual partners, but that this association is more consistent for obtaining casual sexual partners rather than committed sexual partners.


Emerging adulthood, Sexual partners, Sexual debut

Research areas

Humanities and Social Sciences, Statistics


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Competing interests
No competing interests were disclosed.
Data availability statement
The datasets generated during and / or analyzed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
Creative Commons license
Copyright © 2023 Dover et al. This is an open access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Dover, C., Archibald-Sato, C., Willoughby, B. Sexual debut and the number of sexual partners in emerging adulthood [not peer reviewed]. Peeref 2023 (poster).
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