Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

William G. Kirk


The purpose of this study was to examine whether sex differences exist in the relations between sex guilt and sexual behavior. Past research has examined variables that affect sex guilt and found that sex guilt and sexual behavior are inversely related. This study specifically examined sex differences and how they affect this relation. The participants were 163 male and female undergraduate students at Eastern Illinois University. Mosher's revised Sex guilt Inventory and Paulson and Sputa's Sexual Behavior Frequency survey were administered along with a biographical data sheet.

Bivariate correlation analyses revealed that sex guilt and sexual behavior were inversely related. An Analysis of Variance revealed that sex differences did not exist in this relation. Implications of these findings are discussed as well as possible limitations of the study.