TitleComparison of daily and retrospective reports of vaginal sex in heterosexual men and women.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsGillmore MRogers, Leigh BC, Hoppe MJ, Morrison DM
JournalJ Sex Res
Volume47
Issue4
Pagination279-84
Date Published2010 Jul
ISSN1559-8519
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, Coitus, Data Collection, Female, Heterosexuality, Humans, Interviews as Topic, Male, Medical Records, Mental Recall, Reproducibility of Results, Surveys and Questionnaires, Truth Disclosure, Vagina, Young Adult
Abstract

This study examined the agreement between daily and retrospective reports of vaginal sex over a two-month period in a sample of 376 heterosexually active men and women. We also examined whether gender, age, or method of daily data collection (self-administered vs. interviewer administered) were related to agreement between daily and retrospective reports. Both counts and categorical measures of frequency of the behaviors were examined. There were no gender, age, or data collection method effects. When measured as a count, participants reported more instances of vaginal intercourse in the retrospective reports than on the daily reports. In contrast, comparison of retrospective categorical measures of frequency to daily reports showed considerable variability. Possible reasons for the over-reporting of counts of vaginal sex in retrospective reports are explored.

DOI10.1080/00224490903050584
Alternate JournalJ Sex Res
PubMed ID19544136
PubMed Central IDPMC2953851
Grant ListK05 AA015050 / AA / NIAAA NIH HHS / United States
K05 AA015050-05 / AA / NIAAA NIH HHS / United States
K05AA015050 / AA / NIAAA NIH HHS / United States
R01 AA009701-05 / AA / NIAAA NIH HHS / United States
R01 AA013688 / AA / NIAAA NIH HHS / United States
R01 AA013688-03 / AA / NIAAA NIH HHS / United States
R01AA000183 / AA / NIAAA NIH HHS / United States
R01AA013688 / AA / NIAAA NIH HHS / United States
R24 HD042828 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
R24 HD042828-10 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States