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J Sex Res. 2004 Aug;41(3):279-87.

Asexuality: prevalence and associated factors in a national probability sample.

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Department of Community Health Sciences, Department of Psychology, Brock University, St. Catharines, Canada.


I used data from a national probability sample (N > 18,000) of British residents to investigate asexuality, defined as having no sexual attraction to a partner of either sex. Approximately 1% (n = 195) of the sample indicated they were asexual. A number of factors were related to asexuality, including gender (i.e., more women than men), short stature, low education, low socioeconomic status, and poor health. Asexual women also had a later onset of menarche relative to sexual women. The results suggest that a number of pathways, both biological and psychosocial, contribute to the development of asexuality.

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