Completed Research, 1995-2004
Male-Female Comparison Study
The aim of this project was to study the characteristics and effects of childhood sexual play experiences and to explore how they may relate to later adolescent sexual behaviors and adult sexuality. Two complementary studies provided data:
Principal Investigator: Meredith
A. Reynolds, Ph.D., SSRC Fellow
Evista (raloxifene) is an estrogen-like drug that is used in the prevention of osteoporosis. The objective of this study is to assess the effects of this drug on the well-being and sexuality of 60 post-menopausal women. The primary study consists of questionnaire and interview assessments. A secondary study will assess psychophysiological responses to erotic stimulation.
Viagra Study: Predictors of Drug Utilization and Outcomes in the Treatment of Male Erectile Dysfunction (Pilot Study)   Slide Presentation
This is a one-year, multi-center, collaborative study designed to assess the factors that predict a good response to sildenafil (Viagra), including continued use and a positive effect on the sexual relationship. A total of 200 couples (200 men aged 21 and older and their partners) are being recruited at five study sites. The men will receive free Viagra therapy for a period of six months in the context of a process-of-care treatment model.
Kinsey Institute Investigators: John
Bancroft, M.D., Erick Janssen,
Ph.D., and Daniel Rozenman, M.D.
Olfactory Study   Slide Presentation
This collaborative research project with Cynthia Graham, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Indiana University, investigated the influence of fragrance on sexual arousal and mood in women at different stages of the menstrual cycle. The theoretical assumption was that fragrance, while not necessarily intrinsically erotic, can be an effective modulator of sexual arousal induced by other types of sensory stimulation. The study consisted of a laboratory-based experiment:
See the Olfactory
Fund News Release for information on study results.
Oral Contraceptive Study   Slide Presentation
The primary objective of this research was to assess the psychological, sexual and menstrual cycle characteristics of women before they start on combined oral contraceptives, and to reassess the women at intervals during the first year of use, in order to assess the extent to which initial characteristics predict:
For further details, see "Working for Women's Well-Being" in Indiana University's online publication, Research and Creative Activity.
Sexual Health and Well-Being of Students at Indiana University Bloomington   Slide Presentation
The goal of this three-year project (1997-2000) is to establish on the Indiana University Bloomington campus an integrated and coordinated approach for helping students with their sexual lives.
Principal Investigator: John
Study for the development of a new measure of sexual arousal in women.
A collaborative project with Peter Finn, Ph.D., Dept. of Psychology, I.U., studying psychophysiological responses to sexual stimuli in men who vary in their propensity for sexual inhibition and excitation.
Investigators: John Bancroft, M.D. and Erick Janssen, Ph.D.
This study, conducted by the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention and
The Kinsey Institute, showed that rural adolescents feel a sense of invulnerability
to HIV. Data were collected using focus group interviews from 38 adolescents,
ages 11 - 17, in two 4-H clubs in rural counties in southern Indiana.
This project is part of Jakob Pastoetter, M.A.'s doctoral thesis in Human Ontogenetics/Philosophy of Science, Humboldt Unversity, GERMANY. Mr. Pastoetter was doing research in the Institute's film/video collection for this doctoral thesis, "Structures and Functions of Pornographic Films". His focus is on changes in films from the early 1970s to today and what they tell us about fantasies and fears connected with sexuality.
Methodology of Sex Research:
In April 1996, an international symposium on methodology was hosted by The Kinsey Institute.
Symposium on the role of theory in sex research, May, 1998.
Symposium on midlife sexuality, May 1999.
Sexual Development Workshop, May 2001.
Other research interests:
Stephanie Sanders, Ph.D., is involved in a continuing project of collaborative work examining long-term effects of prenatal exposure to drugs, and in research on sexual behavior related to risk for sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS.
During her sabbatical leave in 1999, Liana Zhou, Head of The Kinsey Institute Library, received funding from the Indiana University Librarians' Association to carry out research on "Sexual Repression during the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), a project that will be added to the Web Online Culture Revolution Center, co-sponsored by Pittsburgh University and Ohio State University.
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