We are grateful to Douglas Kenrick and Michael McCall for their helpful comments on an earlier version of this paper. During the writing of this paper, Anne Maass was a visiting assistant professor at Arizona State University.
Gender Differences in Self-Serving Attributions About Sexual Experiences1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 19, Issue 6, pages 517–542, May 1989
How to Cite
Maass, A. and Volpato, C. (1989), Gender Differences in Self-Serving Attributions About Sexual Experiences. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 19: 517–542. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1989.tb00071.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Two studies investigated sex differences in attributions about sexual experiences. Subjects were asked to provide causal explanations for satisfying and unsatisfying past experiences. Men were expected to display a greater self-serving bias than women. This hypothesis was supported for unsatisfying but not for satisfying experiences. In both experiments, males were found to blame their partners more for unsatisfying experiences than females. Males used self-serving attributions, assigning more responsibility to the partner than to themselves (Experiment I), whereas women displayed self-derogatory attributions, attributing negative outcomes more to themselves than to their partners (Experiment II). Furthermore, self-derogatory attribution patterns were correlated with unsatisfactory sexual histories in women but not in men. Implications for the treatment of sexual dysfunctions via reattribution training are discussed.