Sexual behavior and social adaptation among sadomasochistically-oriented males

A1 Journal article (refereed)

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Sandnabba NK, Santtila P, Nordling N
Publication year: 1999
Journal: Journal of Sex Research
Journal acronym: J SEX RES
Volume number: 36
Issue number: 3
Start page: 273
End page: 282
Number of pages: 10
ISSN: 0022-4499


The present study explored the sexual behavior and social adaptation of a sample of male sadomasochists. A total of 164 men who were members of two sadomasochistically-oriented clubs participated in the study. The numbers of heterosexual male and gay male participants were about equal. A semi-structured questionnaire containing items related to social, sexual, and psychological aspects of the participants' lives was used. The results showed that the participants were socially well-adjusted and that sadomasochistic behavior was mainly a facilitative aspect of their sexual lives, most participants being flexible in both sexual activities and sadomasochistic role-taking. Sadists were more likely to be younger and more sexually active than masochists.

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