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Descriptive Study of Practitioners of Sadomasochistic Sex

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Material Information

Title: Descriptive Study of Practitioners of Sadomasochistic Sex An Empirical Examination of the Escape-From-Self Theory of Masochism
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Trese, Kati
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2008
Publication Date: 2008

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: BDSM
Escape-From-Self
Sadism
Masochism
Baurmeister, Roy
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: The present study sought to provide empirical evidence for Baumeister�s (1998, 1997) escape-from-self theory of masochism. The theory predicts SM practitioners to display higher incomes, education, selfawareness, self-consciousness, and to have internal locus of control. The study also sought to find reasons as to why SM practitioners engage in this form of escape, and so included a measure of sex drive. The current study hypothesized that SM practitioners would display higher sex drives and thus give a plausible reason for their engagement in this form of escape. One hundred and twelve participants (63 males, 49 females) responded to posts on SM and non-SM internet groups and communities, completing a questionnaire measuring these variables. Analyses provided support for the hypotheses regarding sex drive, education, and self-awareness of participants. Support was not found for the other measures. The present study also compared masochists, sadists, and switches with each other on the same variables. The study found that differences do exist between the subsets of SM practitioners. In particular, the present study, found that sadists had the lowest scores on the self-awareness measure and thus asserted that sadists, unlike masochists who participate in SM practices to escape high levels of self-awareness, may be engaging in SM behavior to escape low levels of self-awareness. Implications of the current study are that each SM subset should be studied individually and that sex drive may serve as a plausible reason for SM practitioners to seek out SM as a method of escape in Baumeister�s (1988, 1997) escape-from-self theory of masochism.
Statement of Responsibility: by Kati Trese
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2008
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Barton, Michelle

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2008 T79
System ID: NCFE004031:00001

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE004031/00001

Material Information

Title: Descriptive Study of Practitioners of Sadomasochistic Sex An Empirical Examination of the Escape-From-Self Theory of Masochism
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Trese, Kati
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2008
Publication Date: 2008

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: BDSM
Escape-From-Self
Sadism
Masochism
Baurmeister, Roy
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: The present study sought to provide empirical evidence for Baumeister�s (1998, 1997) escape-from-self theory of masochism. The theory predicts SM practitioners to display higher incomes, education, selfawareness, self-consciousness, and to have internal locus of control. The study also sought to find reasons as to why SM practitioners engage in this form of escape, and so included a measure of sex drive. The current study hypothesized that SM practitioners would display higher sex drives and thus give a plausible reason for their engagement in this form of escape. One hundred and twelve participants (63 males, 49 females) responded to posts on SM and non-SM internet groups and communities, completing a questionnaire measuring these variables. Analyses provided support for the hypotheses regarding sex drive, education, and self-awareness of participants. Support was not found for the other measures. The present study also compared masochists, sadists, and switches with each other on the same variables. The study found that differences do exist between the subsets of SM practitioners. In particular, the present study, found that sadists had the lowest scores on the self-awareness measure and thus asserted that sadists, unlike masochists who participate in SM practices to escape high levels of self-awareness, may be engaging in SM behavior to escape low levels of self-awareness. Implications of the current study are that each SM subset should be studied individually and that sex drive may serve as a plausible reason for SM practitioners to seek out SM as a method of escape in Baumeister�s (1988, 1997) escape-from-self theory of masochism.
Statement of Responsibility: by Kati Trese
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2008
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Barton, Michelle

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2008 T79
System ID: NCFE004031:00001

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