Special issue introduction: Research presented at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Sex Research Forum, Quebec City, September 22-24, 2016.
The breadth and scope of topics, methods, and population samples presented in these articles continues the tradition of CSRF scholarly excellence, and reflects the state of sexual science in Canada. It is noteworthy that most of the authors in this special issue are graduate students, indicating that the future of sexuality research in Canada is in good hands. Carter and colleagues examined the sexual and romantic relationship patterns of HIV positive gay and bisexual men highlighting diversity across the men. Bouchard, Dawson, and Lalumiere explored the known sex difference in paraphilic activities, and note the important role of sex drive in accounting for this difference. Fudge and Byers investigated the characteristics of women's high level of dissatisfaction with genital image, and discuss the implications for a variety of stakeholder groups, including educators, and Loehle and colleagues also examined genital self-image, but in men. Garceau and Ronis conducted interviews with young adults, exploring the role of religious beliefs on their experiences of sex before the age of 16. Goldsmith, Dunkley, Dang, and Gorzalka disentangle the benefits and hazards of pornography viewing in a large online sample of university students. Crump and Byers research focused on sexual minority women, and explored differences in sexual desire and satisfaction based on whether sexual abuse occurred as a child or as an adult.
Finally, CSRF Executive Committee members, Lachowsky, Wentland, Kilimnik, and Levere analyzed the abstracts submitted to the previous four CSRF meetings. They found a predominance of quantitative studies from researchers affiliated with departments of Psychology, and a noted decrease in the number of abstracts focused on qualitative methods over those four years. Their findings are a call to action for Canadian sex researchers from diverse disciplines and methods to contribute to our annual meeting in order to help CSRF realize its vision of being "Canada's leading organization dedicated to interdisciplinary, theoretical, and applied research in the field of sexuality, fostering sexual science and improving the sexual health and well-being of Canadians" (www.canadiansexresearchforum.com)
Lori A. Brotto (1)
(1) Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
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|Author:||Brotto, Lori A.|
|Publication:||The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality|
|Date:||Aug 1, 2017|
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