Self-Esteem and Sexual Behavior: Exploring Gender Differences
Previous studies have shown that the relationship between sexual permissiveness and self-esteem fluctuates with the social climate. The present study found that high self-esteem males and females had a significantly greater number of sexual partners than low self-esteem subjects. The relationship is particularly strong for males. The greatest difference in self-esteem levels was found between male virgins and nonvirgins. Self-esteem levels did not differ between female virgins and nonvirgins. Sensation seeking, marital status, and age were also found to be significantly related to number of coital partners.
Walsh, Anthony. (1991). "Self-Esteem and Sexual Behavior: Exploring Gender Differences". Sex Roles, 25(7/8), 441-450.