Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science

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Premarital Sexual Permissiveness

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_1731-1


Sexuality colors the whole life of an individual, since the early childhood; the sexuality develops throughout individual life, leading to certain beliefs and attitudes about sexual relationships. Going toward adolescence, sexual relationships provoke interest among one and all. Sexual relationships can be comprehended as constant choices that one makes in their lives to engage in sexual activities. This is although a biological instinctual process in the beginning, but due to the complexity of human society, sexual permissiveness shows a great degree of variation throughout the world (Friedman 1992).

Marriage is a norm in all of the civilized human society which acknowledges the union of two human beings and grants them the permission to reproduce in a culturally accepted manner. In major cultures of the world, men and women are considered not to engage in sexual relationships before marriage which has been religiously governed majorly as chastity and strength of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryKing George’s Medical UniversityLucknowIndia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Brian B Boutwell
    • 1
  1. 1.Saint Louis UniversitySaint LouisUSA