Oral sex in an adolescent population

Arch Sex Behav. 1985 Feb;14(1):41-6. doi: 10.1007/BF01541351.


The incidence of oral sex in an adolescent population is discussed. More girls have either given or received oral-genital stimulation than have had intercourse. More boys have had intercourse than have either given or received oral-genital stimulation. Oral sex is more common than intercourse for females because they are more likely to have received oral-genital stimulation than to have either had intercourse or given oral-genital stimulation. For both sexes, fellatio is less common than is either intercourse or cunnilingus. For both sexes, oral sex is considerably more frequently reported than was the case in the Kinsey surveys.

PIP: Using data from 2 surveys conducted in a US Southern city in 1980 and in 1982, this study concludes that the incidence of oral-genital contact among teenagers is increasing. This contact is seen as a way to give and receive sexual stimulation without the necessity of birth control or the risk of pregnancy. For both white sexes, contrary to Kinsey findings, cunnilingus is more frequently reported than is fellatio. Of the nonvirgins surveyed, 69% of each sex have both given and received oral-genital stimulation; of the nonvirgins, 80% have participated in either fellatio or cunnilingus. Slightly more teenagers have given or received oral sex than have had intercourse. Using a Goodman log-linear technique, no difference between the order in which boys and girls engage in giving and receiving oral sex is found, and, for girls, cunnilingus occurs no more often than does sexual intercourse. However, boys are more likely to have had intercourse than to have given or received oral-genital stimulation, probably due to the cited minority of boys who reported that they liked giving oral-genital stimulation, and the minority of girls who reported that they enjoyed receiving it.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Attitude
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Psychosexual Development*
  • Sexual Behavior*
  • United States