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Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy

Sofia Prekatsounaki, Erick Janssen, Paul Enzlin
While the interactive nature of sexual desire in women is increasingly recognized, dyadic factors affecting it, including partner interactions, have as yet received little research attention. In this cross-sectional study, we examined the associations among intimacy, celebrated otherness, and object-of-desire affirmation and explored how they complement each other in the prediction of sexual desire in women. Based on the reports of 662 participants, positive correlations were found among all factors. However, in a multiple regression analysis, object-of-desire affirmation emerged as the only positive predictor of sexual desire...
February 11, 2019: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Rosario Fadul, Rafael Garcia, Rosa Zapata-Boluda, Cayetano Aranda-Pastor, Lori Brotto, Tesifon Parron-Carreño, Raquel Alarcon-Rodriguez
The objective of this case-control study was to identify psychosocial factors associated with vaginismus. One hundred twenty women were recruited and interviewed at the Institute of Human Sexuality, 40 with lifelong vaginismus, and 80 controls without vaginismus. Participants were matched for age, education, and date of admission. Women afraid of losing control during intercourse had 29.6 times greater likelihood of developing vaginismus (p < 0.01), as well as those afraid of suffering pain (p < 0...
February 7, 2019: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Joel Maczkowiack, Robert D Schweitzer
Consensual sexual activity is believed to be associated with a positive emotional experience, however, postcoital dysphoria (PCD) is a counterintuitive phenomenon characterized by inexplicable feelings of tearfulness, sadness, or irritability following otherwise satisfactory consensual sexual activity. Prevalence of PCD has been reported among females, but not among males. The present study utilized an anonymous online questionnaire to examine the prevalence and correlates of PCD among an international sample including 1,208 male participants...
February 7, 2019: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Chelom E Leavitt, Eva S Lefkowitz, Emily A Waterman
In this study we examine the role of sexual mindfulness in individuals' sexual satisfaction, relational satisfaction, and self-esteem. Midlife U.S. men and women (N = 194 married, heterosexual individuals; 50.7% female; 94% Caucasian, age range 35-60 years) completed an online survey. More sexually mindful individuals tended to have better self-esteem, be more satisfied with their relationships and, particularly for women, be more satisfied with their sex lives. Some of these associations occurred even after controlling for trait mindfulness...
February 3, 2019: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Virginie Arpin, Katherine Péloquin, Sawsane El Amiri, Audrey Brassard
This study tested the acceptability and preliminary efficacy of a novel group intervention for couples seeking fertility treatment. Twenty-nine couples completed psychological, relational, and sexual outcome measures pre- and post-intervention. Repeated-measures ANOVAs revealed significant reductions in terms of depressive symptoms, rejection of childfree lifestyle, and stress related to the need for parenthood. The results also revealed improvements in marital benefits and fertility-related emotional and relational quality of life...
February 3, 2019: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Zixin Wang, Joseph T F Lau, Qian Wang, Phoenix K H Mo
This study was to investigate the prevalence and associated factors of inconsistent condom use with HIV-discordant regular male sex partners (RP: defined as their husband or steady boyfriends) in the last six months among HIV-infected women in China. We interviewed 256 HIV-infected women who currently had at least one HIV-discordant RP and had had sexual intercourse with such RP since diagnosis. The prevalence of inconsistent condom use with HIV-discordant RP was 48.4%. Associated factors included perceptions related to condom use and perceived competence in communicating with HIV-discordant RP regarding condom use...
January 31, 2019: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Ainat Koren
A mixed method approach explored teens' preferred source of information on sex and reproductive health. Parents' concerns about and perceived barriers to providing reproductive health information to their teens were also explored. Data were gathered from an online survey of 347 teens and three focus groups comprising parents of teens from three Massachusetts communities. Most teens expressed their desire for parents to be one of their primary sources of information (85%). Most parents believed that sexual education should start at home, yet many have not communicated such information...
January 31, 2019: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Debby Herbenick, Tsung-Chieh Jane Fu, Christopher Owens, Elizabeth Bartelt, Brian Dodge, Michael Reece, J Dennis Fortenberry
Using data from the 2014 National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, a probability survey of Americans aged 14+, we assessed the prevalence and correlates of kissing, cuddling, and massage during 1,493 individuals' most recent sexual event from the past year. Most respondents reported kissing (87%) and cuddling (70%); fewer (23%) reported massage. Each was significantly associated with age, education, and relationship structure. Respondents younger than 30 were significantly more likely to indicate they did not kiss because kissing would have been too intimate with their partner...
January 31, 2019: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Bruce M King, Lauren M Duncan, Kelley M Clinkenbeard, Morgan B Rutland, Kelly M Ryan
Previous studies demonstrate that many men have insecurities about the size of their penises, often resulting in low sexual self-esteem and sexual problems. In the present study, mean self-reported erect penis length by 130 sexually experienced college men (6.62 inches) was greater than found in previous studies in which researchers took measurements. This suggests that many of the men embellished their responses. Only 26.9% of the sexually experienced men self-reported penis lengths of less than 6 inches, while 30...
January 25, 2019: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Peggy B Smith, Allyssa A Abacan, Mariam R Chacko
This quality-improvement initiative evaluated procedures to increase parental consent for students, 13 to 18+ years old, to access a school-based health clinic that provides primary and reproductive health care in a Hispanic immigrant neighborhood in the U.S. Southwest. Six consent-retrieval procedures were sequentially implemented. Procedures included school registration, competition, hand delivery, PTO meetings, self-consent, and mail. Age, grade, and number of completed consents were calculated and compared...
January 23, 2019: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Anise M S Wu, Joseph T F Lau, Zixin Wang, Lu Ma
This study was to test whether the cognitive factors of the theory of planned behavior were associated with concurrent multiple male sex partnership (CMMSP) status (past three months) and intention to have CMMSP (next six months) among 251 men who have male regular sex partners in Beijing, China. The prevalence of having had CMMSP and intention to do so was 48.2% and 28.7%, respectively. Positive attitudes toward CMMSP, injunctive norm for not having CMMSP, and behavioral control for not having CMMSP were significantly associated with behavioral intention...
January 23, 2019: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Tim C van de Grift, Garry L S Pigot, Baudewijntje P C Kreukels, Mark-Bram Bouman, Margriet G Mullender
Genital gender-affirming surgery (GAS) aims to alleviate feelings of gender dysphoria and support psychosexual outcomes. However, little is known of sexual activity and satisfaction of transmen after phalloplasty or metoidioplasty. A clinical follow-up study was conducted in transmen at least one year after genital GAS in order to evaluate measures of experienced sexuality. Participants (N = 38) received a set of self-constructed questionnaires on sexual relationships and orientation, use of genitals during sexual contact, and the experienced influence of surgery on sexuality...
January 23, 2019: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Mehdi Naderi, Siamak Sabour
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January 21, 2019: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Suzanne Walters, Amy D L Lykins, Cynthia A Graham
Research on body appreciation is limited, especially when examining its relationship to sexual functioning. The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between body appreciation and sexual functioning, while measuring perceived partner's body appreciation and general relationship quality. A sample of 244 women aged 18 to 30 completed measures of sexual functioning, relationship quality, and body image online. General relationship quality and perceived partner's appreciation of one's body predicted levels of sexual functioning...
January 21, 2019: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Rafael Ballester-Arnal, Jesús Castro-Calvo, Beatriz Gil-Julia, Cristina Giménez-García, María Dolores Gil-Llario
Hypersexuality is a problematic behavior characterized by the combination of an excessive sexual desire and the pathological inability to control it. This study presents the psychometric properties of the Spanish paper-and-pencil and online versions of the Hypersexual Behavior Inventory (HBI), one of the most popular scales to assess this issue. A total of 2,250 participants (1,070 men) completed a translated version of the HBI (1,450 in paper-and-pencil; 800 online). The exploratory factor analysis yielded three factors that explained 67...
January 18, 2019: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
G Tyler Lefevor, A Lee Beckstead, Ronald L Schow, Marybeth Raynes, Ty R Mansfield, Christopher H Rosik
Using a sample of 1,782 same-sex attracted (SSA) and lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) identified participants, this study examined similarities and differences among those who are (a) single and celibate (SC); (b) single and not celibate (SNC); (c) in a heterosexual, mixed-orientation relationship (MOR); and (d) in a same-sex relationship (SSR). To reduce bias and increase generalizability, an ideologically diverse research team was formed. Participants in SSRs reported higher levels of some amount of satisfaction with their status (95%) compared to those in MORs (80%), those who are SC (42%) and those who are SNC (40%)...
January 16, 2019: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Bruna S Nascimento, Anthony C Little
This study compared mate retention strategies (MRS) in Brazil and in the UK, testing whether culture moderates the association between MRS and self-evaluated variables (e.g. mate value). Our findings demonstrated that women's MRS varied cross-culturally, with Brazilian women reporting to perform MRS more often than British women. Men's MRS did not vary between cultures. Additionally, culture moderated the association between MRS frequency and facial attractiveness disparity (the difference in attractiveness between partners) and mate value...
January 15, 2019: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Renata Schvartzman, Luiza Schvartzman, Charles Francisco Ferreira, Janete Vettorazzi, Adriane Bertotto, Maria Celeste Osório Wender
The dyspareunia negatively affects women´s quality of life, and is a frequent complaint during the peri and postmenopausal period. A randomized trial evaluated sexual function, quality of life, pain, and pelvic floor muscle function of climacteric women aged between 40-60 years-old, with complaints of dyspareunia for at least 6 months and being sexually active. They were assessed before and after their randomization in one of the following interventions: the first group (n = 21) received five one-hour sessions of thermotherapy for relaxation of pelvic floor muscles, myofascial release, and pelvic training (Pelvic Floor Muscle Training - PFMT group)...
January 14, 2019: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Rocco Salvatore Calabrò, Rosaria De Luca, Alfredo Manuli, Simona Portaro, Antonino Naro, Fabrizio Quattrini
Post-selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) sexual dysfunction (PSSD) is a new clinical entity occurring after the antidepressant intake, and it is characterized by the fact that patients continue to present sexual side effects after the discontinuation of the drugs. PSSD mainly consists of hypo-anesthesia of the genital area, loss of libido, and erectile dysfunction. Although different management options have been proposed, there is no consensus on the treatment for this syndrome. Herein we report on a young man affected by PSSD who regained sexual functioning after 3-month treatment with EDOVIS, a dietary supplement containing L-citrulline and other commonly used aphrodisiacs...
January 14, 2019: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Yue Liu, Lijun Zheng
The perceived infidelity of online sexual activity (OSA) has been noted as an important factor contributing to individual differences in OSA among people in romantic relationships. We proposed that two major factors related to infidelity-sociosexuality (willingness to engage in uncommitted sexual relationships) and commitment-might be associated with engaging in OSA via the perceived infidelity of OSA among individuals in romantic relationships. OSAs were classified as viewing sexually explicit material, seeking sexual partners, cybersex, and flirting...
January 14, 2019: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
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