A Multidisciplinary Approach to Sexual Behavior Profiles. The SEX360 Model

Eduard García-Cruz, Josep Maria Monguet, Diana Marre, Mònica González, Maria Fernanda Peraza, Carme Sánchez, Carlos Suso, Álex Trejo, Antonio Alcaraz

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© 2017, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. The diversity of sexual behaviors is driven by multiple determinants, including physiological, cultural, educational, and sociological factors. However, the definition of sexual behavior profiles has been barely addressed from a comprehensive point of view. We aimed to develop a multidisciplinary questionnaire for defining individual sexual behavior profiles. The questionnaire was developed by a panel of experts with research experience in the fields of urology, gynecology, psychology, anthropology, and sexology. The list of items was defined in a focus group session and was based on four categories—family-oriented, loving, recreational, and functional—resulting from the combination of two axes: traditional versus non-traditional and sexual benefit versus extra-sexual benefit. Real-time Delphi dynamics was used to assign a weight to each question and a bias to the corresponding responses. The final questionnaire included 50 items considered relevant for describing sexual profiles; the final questionnaire was named SEX360. Of the 50 items included in SEX360, 14 were considered essential for computing the final score; 9 of them were associated with 2 categories, 4 of them with 4 categories, and 1 of them with 3. Nine items referred to the category “family-oriented”, 10 to “loving”, 8 to “recreational”, and 9 to “functional”. The weights assigned to each question ranged from 3.00 to 4.33, and the centers of gravity ranged from 1 to 4. The questionnaire proposed shows the existence of a vast diversity of sexual behavior profiles and may serve as a tool for sexual behavior research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)942-952
JournalSexuality and Culture
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017


  • Anthropology
  • Psychosexual development
  • Sexology
  • Sexual behavior


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