Butler Journal of Undergraduate Research

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John Krantz


In this research, the authors measured the levels of sexual guilt between two groups of people on multiple levels, virgins and nonvirgins, by gender. The differences between men and women when it comes to virginity will also be studied. Based on the sample size of college students, N = 364. College students (N=364) completed a 34-item online survey of questions that measure guilt levels. Ten out of the twenty questions are demographic questions, such as: age, ethnicity, religion, year, etc. The other questions were a combination of Likert scaled questions and open ended responses. We predicted that females will produce more guilt compared to males after they lose their virginity. The researchers found that females do produce sexual guilt compared to males and high scores of religiosity also produce higher levels of sexual guilt for females.