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Male Prostitution

Updated on May 4, 2017

Male Prostitution

The author Neil R. Coombs (1974) wrote the article “MALE PROSTITUTION: A Psychosocial View of Behavior” and it can be found in the American Journal of Orthospsychiatry. The research question that the author was trying to answer is if early homosexual seduction followed by rewards would lead to male prostitution. Coombs (1974) has used multiple authors to support his question about male prostitution; the examples that are given show that the males who are prostitutes refuse to accept that they are homosexual and that they are doing this deed just to have money rather than pleasure. Ginsburg (1967) theorizes that the male prostitutes feel that they oversee the situation of giving sex to show that their goal is only to take as much money as they can from the customer (cited in Coombs 1974).

Coombs (1974) had two hypotheses which he states what are the causes for male prostitution: the first hypothesis is that a probability of prostitution that came from an early seduction with a reward was less than cases without early seduction. The next hypothesis was that a probability of prostitution occurred because early seduction and the reward was greater than to the cases not involved of seduction and reward, “The data sample that was being used was a group of males that ranged in the ages of 12 to 28, and from that age range there were 37 white males and only 4 blacks. The males were prostitutes for an average period of 13 months” (p. 782).

However, the researcher found that the sample of men were going to be biased and non-random which would make the experiment not representative. The method that was used to collect the data from the group of males was an interview that was done twice within 30 months’ period from each other; the interviews would be given at two locations, a coffee shop and a bar. The reason why they would do the interviews twice but in two different locations would be to see how they would answer and react to their surroundings around them.

The results of the experiment showed that most subjects that were homosexually seduce at an early age and that they had received a reward after the seduction, compared to the minority who were participating in early homosexual behavior and receiving rewards in the control group. The results of the study proved that the hypothesis of early homosexual seduction with a reward was linked with prostitution behavior was correct. The hypothesis was supported because most subjects were homosexually seduced with a reward at an early age.

Towards the end of his article he is trying to find ways to improve the experiment and gives a brief conclusion of how the results were on the favor of his hypothesis. Coombs (1974) offer a suggestion to improve the research for the future; he suggests variables such as poverty, family alcoholism, and broken home to be considered. The conclusion that Coombs (1974) offers is that many male prostitutes share are very similar by psychosocial background which would be them remembering of having any kind of early homosexual seduction and receiving a reward right after. The author also hints that there are social issues that can lead to prostitution for the males which is poverty.


Coombs, Neil R. "Male prostitution: A psychosocial view of behavior." American journal of orthopsychiatry 44.5 (1974):782-789. Web.

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