Volume 23 - Article 18 | Pages 509–530

Patterns of Asexuality in the United States

By Dudley L. Poston, Amanda Baumle

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Date received:30 Jul 2009
Date published:03 Sep 2010
Word count:8414
Keywords:self-identification, sexual behavior


In this paper we use data from the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) to ascertain and analyze patterns of asexuality in the United States. We endeavor to extend the earlier work of Bogaert (2004) on this topic, which focused on patterns of asexuality in Great Britain. Using a social constructionist perspective to study asexuality, we conceptualize and measure the phenomenon in several ways, according to behavior, desire, and self-identification. We use the NSFG respondent sampling weights to produce several sets of unbiased estimates of the percentages of persons in the U.S. population, aged 15-44, who are asexual; each set is based on one or more of the various definitions of asexuality. Finally, we describe some of the characteristics of the asexual population using multinomial logistic regression.

Author's Affiliation

Dudley L. Poston - Texas A&M University, United States of America [Email]
Amanda Baumle - University of Houston, United States of America [Email]

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