Sexual and Affectionate Behaviors in Asexual and Allosexual Adults

Alyssa N. Clark, Eva S. Lefkowitz, Corinne Zimmerman

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Prior experience with physical behaviors–both sexual and affectionate–is common among adults in romantic relationships. However, less is known about differences in physical behaviors for asexual and allosexual adults, and these differences may explain how asexual adults navigate sexuality in romantic relationships. In this study we used sexual script theory to examine asexual (n = 109; 59% women; Mage  = 27.7) and allosexual adults’ (n = 403; 58% women; Mage  = 29.0) prior experiences with and future likelihood to engage in sexual and affectionate behaviors in romantic relationships, and how these differences vary by gender. Asexual adults had less prior experience with and were less likely to intend to engage in future physical behaviors than allosexual adults. There were some gender differences in past experience and future likelihood. Prior experience with physical behaviors was associated with expected likelihood to engage in these behaviors for allosexual and asexual adults, although the association was stronger for asexual adults. These results have implications for how asexual adults engage in physical behaviors, and how differing interest in physical behaviors may cause conflict within asexual-allosexual couples.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)242-252
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Sex Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pleasure
  • Sex Factors
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Sexuality


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