Do deaf individuals’ dating scripts follow the traditional sexual script?

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Department of Psychiatry, Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center

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Gender and Sexuality | Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology


The current study investigated Deaf individuals’ dating expectations. Prior research on dating expectations has identified three common scenes: initiation/meeting, activities, and outcomes/conclusions. Participants were asked to report their expectations for each scene on a typical date. Talking was the most frequently occurring initiation activity. Dinner and a movie were among the top date activities in the activities scene. Activities were often reported as group gatherings. Dating outcomes included a good night kiss and making plans for another date. These expectations do not match prior research with hearing participants where the Traditional Sexual Script could be identified. Comparisons and suggestions for future research are discussed.

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Sexuality and Culture


Citation: Sexuality and Culture, 16(1), 90-99, DOI: 10.1007/s12119-011-9111-4

At the time of publication, Melissa Anderson was not yet affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.