The valence of sex: Automatic affective associations in erotophilia and erotophobia
Given this mixed empirical evidence, more research should be conducted on the relationship of erotophilia and erotophobia
to the retention of information of a sexual nature.
Items were reverse-coded as appropriate so that higher scores indicated greater erotophobia
Bright questions erotophobia
wherever she finds it, and she finds it nearly everywhere.
Humphreys and Newby (2007) viewed this as a trait disposition learned through socialization experiences in which erotophobia
represents a "generalised [negative] affective reaction" to sexual stimuli (p.
For example, participants with higher erotophobia
scores tended to rate themselves lower on five out of the six sexual self-rating scales (the exception was romanticism).
In contrast, greater expressiveness is associated with greater erotophobia
(Byrne & Kelley, 1992) and less sexual experience (Allgeier, 1981).
Specifically, it was hypothesized that, for heterosexual as well as for homosexual men, HIV+ individuals would possess a lower level of actual knowledge on sexuality and a higher level of erotophobia
than HIV- individuals, since each of these marker variables would suggest that the individual was predisposed to HIV risk behaviours and to HIV infection.