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Is make-up sex hot or not: measuring motivations toward make-up sex

This project consisted of two studies, conceptually linked. In Study 1 a working definition of make-up sex was constructed and 60 make-up sex motivations were collected. These motivations formed the basis of a questionnaire used in Study 2. In Study 2 make-up sex motivations and the role of individual differences in the endorsement of make-up sex motivations were examined. Participants (N = 144) completed a questionnaire to measure make-up sex motivations, trait aggression, and sociosexuality. Factor analysis provided five distinct factors of make-up sex motivations, Resolve, Control, Arousal, Insecurity and Ascertain. Independent samples t-tests showed men to score significantly higher than women in Resolve, Control and Arousal, but not Insecurity or Ascertain. Additionally men scored significantly higher in physical aggression, short-term mating orientation, and previous sexual behavior than women. Correlational analysis revealed weak to moderate positive correlations between all four types of aggression and most of the make-up sex motivations. Short-term mating orientations and previous sexual behaviors were found to weakly correlate with three of the five make-up sex factors. Understanding the relationships between some of the make-up sex factors and these individual differences may be useful for clinicians to evaluate clients, assess appropriate treatments, and normalize aspects of make-up sex for couples.

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