Serdar Körük, Nilüfer Özabacı
The aim of this study is to determine the predictive strength of early maladaptive schema domains and family functions in explaining dyadic marital adjustment by testing a hypothetical structural model. While the dependent variable was dyadic marital adjustment, the independent variables were early maladaptive schema domains, and the mediator variable was family functions. The study group consisted of 201 Turkish married individuals. Findings revealed that unrelenting standards and disconnection schema domains significantly predicted dyadic marital adjustment and family functions play a partial mediating role only in the predictive effect of the disconnection schema domain on dyadic marital adjustment...
March 31, 2023: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Audrey Brassard, Mégane Vallée-Destrempes, Marie-Andrée Binet, Anne Brault-Labbé, Marie-France Lafontaine, Katherine Péloquin
This study examined direct and indirect links among attachment insecurities (anxiety, avoidance) and sexual satisfaction through sexual motives in couples expecting their first child. A sample of 204 first-time pregnant couples completed online questionnaires. Dyadic path analyses revealed that attachment and sexual satisfaction were not directly associated, but rather indirectly associated through three sexual motives: partner approval, self-affirmation, and intimacy. For non-pregnant partners, attachment anxiety was related to higher sexual satisfaction through higher intimacy, whereas attachment avoidance was related to lower sexual satisfaction through lower intimacy...
March 27, 2023: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Daniel W M Maitland, Elizabeth C Neilson
This study identified profiles of pornography motivations and outcomes and assessed differences between profiles on three measures of social well-being: social support, fear of intimacy, and loneliness. Latent profile analysis and group comparisons were conducted using cross-sectional data from college students ( N  = 389). Results indicated four profiles: low motivation/average distress, porn for enjoyment, high motivation/average guilt, low motivation/high distress. Those in the high motivation/average guilt profile reported more social well-being difficulties relative to the other profiles and non-pornography consumers...
March 27, 2023: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Mariana Maldonado, Antonio Egidio Nardi, Aline Sardinha
Vaginal penetration skills and behavior are considered different aspects of vaginal penetration. Nevertheless, these terms are used interchangeably in most genito-pelvic pain/penetration disorder (GPPPD) intervention studies, possibly impacting the assessment and selection of intervention outcomes. This is the first theoretical essay on the relevance of nonsexual vaginal penetration skills in understanding and treating GPPPD symptoms, mainly for patients with vaginismus complaints. We aim to provide avenues for further empirical research and new perspectives for assessing, preventing, and treating GPPPD symptoms...
March 23, 2023: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
K Camille Hoagland, Halle L Rotruck, Jace N Moore, Joshua B Grubbs
Pornography use is a common-but-controversial activity that many people object to or morally disapprove of. Despite this, there is a limited understanding of the reasons for such moral opposition. Although some prior research has assessed characteristics that influence moral opposition to pornography, most research has done so using various forced-choice methods. The present study aimed to better understand the reasoning behind moral-based opposition to pornography by using open-ended questioning and exploring the relationship between these reasons and pornography use habits...
March 14, 2023: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Megan K Maas, Janine Slaker, Karen Holt, Rabindra A Ratan, Kyla M Cary, Kirsten M Greer
Pornography use is multidimensional, yet most studies of the topic use variable-oriented methods (e.g., frequency of use) that reduce the experience to a single dimension. In this study, we sought to identify different multidimensional patterns of pornography genre preferences among a sample of women ( n  = 206) and examine how those patterns are differentially associated with sexual experiences and beliefs examined in previous literature. Latent Class Analysis uncovered four patterns (or classes): Heterogeneous (39%) , Traditionally Feminine (27%), Female Pleasure (23%) and Rough/violent (11%)...
February 6, 2023: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Lilian Velasco, Lorena Gutiérrez, Natasha Alcocer, Sofía Sánchez, Patricia Catalá, Cecilia Peñacoba
Decreased sexual pleasure is a common problem in women with breast cancer. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of psychoeducation vs. acceptance and commitment therapy to improve sexual pleasure according to the predictive role of physical, cognitive and emotional factors. Results of 139 Hispanic women (Mexico and Spain) diagnosed with breast cancer reveal that only the emotional factor of depression predicts decreased sexual pleasure. Although women who participated in the psychoeducation program presented greater physical symptomatology, body image distortions and emotional distress, the results seem to indicate that psychoeducational guidelines are relevant to improve sexual pleasure in those women who manifest higher levels of previous depression...
February 3, 2023: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Selin Karakose, Melani Urs, Jordan E Marshall, Thomas Ledermann
Sexual satisfaction is an important concept in relationships contributing to psychological general well-being. The present study examined dyadic associations between mental health variables, particularly depression, anxiety, and stress, and sexual satisfaction. Using data of 102 heterosexual married couples from Turkey (mean age = 30.06 years), we sought to investigate whether a person's depression, anxiety, and stress were associated with his or her own as well as the partner's sexual satisfaction. Actor-Partner Independence Model (APIM) analysis revealed that husbands' anxiety and stress were associated with their own sexual satisfaction and husbands' depression was associated with both their own and the wives' sexual satisfaction...
January 23, 2023: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Ioanna Tsatsou, Kyriaki Mystakidou, Theodoula Adamakidou, Theocharis Konstantinidis, Ioannis Kalemikerakis, Antonis Galanos, Paraskevi Maria Prapa, Eleni Panagou, Ourania Govina
A multicenter, observational, cross-sectional study was conducted to assess the sexual function of male survivors of hematological malignancy treated by autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (AHSCT) and to compare it with that of healthy male controls. By convenience sampling, 71 sexually active male survivors of hematological malignancy who underwent AHSCT were recruited, as well as 74 healthy men. A questionnaire with demographic and clinical data and the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) were completed...
January 16, 2023: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
E Abbruzzese, Stephen B Levine, Julia W Mason
Two Dutch studies formed the foundation and the best available evidence for the practice of youth medical gender transition. We demonstrate that this work is methodologically flawed and should have never been used in medical settings as justification to scale this "innovative clinical practice." Three methodological biases undermine the research: (1) subject selection assured that only the most successful cases were included in the results; (2) the finding that "resolution of gender dysphoria" was due to the reversal of the questionnaire employed; (3) concomitant psychotherapy made it impossible to separate the effects of this intervention from those of hormones and surgery...
January 2, 2023: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Annelou L C de Vries
Adolescent transgender care is increasingly surrounded by controversies and criticism. One of these concerns expressed in a review article by Levine et al. entitled 'Reconsidering Informed Consent for Trans-Identified Children, Adolescents and Young Adults' is the limited evidence base, especially of the Dutch studies which provided the first and mostly cited basis for medical intervention at a young age. This Response is written by the first author of two of those studies that showed effectiveness of the approach that included puberty blockers...
2023: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Ateret Gewirtz-Meydan, Liat Ayalon
There has been an increase in research on sexual activity in later life, yet far less is known about the actual perceptions and experiences of older adults who refrain from sexual activity. In the current study, a thematic analysis was conducted to identify patterns in semi-structured interviews with 47 older adults, aged 60-91. The analysis yielded seven themes that describe why older adults refrain from sex: 1) avoiding confronting sexual dysfunctions, 2) avoiding confronting the aging body, 3) avoiding performance anxiety, 4) being uninterested in sexual activity, 5) taking time to grieve the loss of a partner, 6) avoiding judgment, and 7) seeing sexuality as evolving and changing...
2023: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Tanja Jurin, Matea Šoštarić, Nataša Jokić-Begić, Anita Lauri Korajlija
The aim of this study was to examine the existing mobile applications focused on sexual health and analyze the included content and therapeutic techniques. Three databases with mobile applications were searched and 47 applications met the criteria. More applications have been developed for men, most of them included content for erectile dysfunction, and only one for vaginismus. Most apps included sexuality tips and Kegel exercises, and only one technique for working on thoughts and emotions. In conclusion, a number of mobile applications have been developed to enhance sexual functioning, but scientific verification of their effectiveness has been completely lacking...
2023: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Jack Drescher
This responds to "Reconsidering Informed Consent for Trans-Identified Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults" by Levine et al., part of a small but growing, critical response to contemporary treatments of gender dysphoric/incongruent (GD/GI) children and adolescents. This author, while disagreeing with Levine et al. and other critics, hopes that with dialogue, research and engagement with the wider world, needs of all children, adolescents and young adults-those who have GD/GI and those who may not-will be best served...
2023: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Debby Herbenick, Callie Patterson, Shahzarin Khan, Eva Voorheis, Anne Sullivan, Paul Wright, Samantha Keene
Sexual choking/strangulation has become prevalent among young U.S. adults, yet little is known about media articles that teach readers about choking. We conducted a content analysis of 27 Internet articles, examining how choking is described, information related to health risks and healthcare, and article accuracy. Most articles described choking in positive terms and indicated choking can be done safely or properly, even while acknowledging potential dangers. Only two articles indicated having undergone expert/medical review...
2023: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Neil Gleason, Katherine Conroy, Sophia Taylor, Lauren Smith, Melissa Gasser, Todd Jennings, Tayler Lyng, Eli Coleman, Swagata Banik
The purpose of this study is to assess how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted various sexual behaviors and levels of sexual and relationship satisfaction by performing a content analysis of participants' (N = 1051 American adults) responses to open-ended survey questions. Results revealed a variety of impacts that increased, decreased, or otherwise qualitatively changed sexual behavior and satisfaction. Major themes included emotions and mental health, changes in routines, social distancing and fears related to COVID-19, and changes in romantic relationships...
2023: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Carly Sears, Roanne Millman, Lori A Brotto, Lauren M Walker
This study aimed to assess feasibility and preliminary efficacy of an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) group program to treat Sexual Interest/Arousal Disorder (SIAD) in women following breast cancer (BrCa) treatment. Thirty women participated, of whom 67% ( n  = 20) attended at least 6 of 8 group sessions. Feedback indicated the program was relevant and valuable; minor modifications were suggested to further address survivorship concerns. Results of pre-post questionnaires demonstrated significant improvements in sexual distress and sexual interest/desire, with large effect sizes...
December 27, 2022: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
J Cohn
There is significant disagreement about how to support trans-identified or gender-dysphoric young people. Different experts and expert bodies make strikingly different recommendations based upon the same (limited) evidence. The US-originating "gender-affirmative" model emphasizes social transition and medical intervention, while some other countries, in response to evidence reviews of medical intervention outcomes, have adopted psychological interventions as the first line of treatment. A proposed model of gender-affirming care, comprising only medical intervention for "eligible" youth, is described in Rosenthal (2021)...
December 24, 2022: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Susanne Cerwenka, Laura Pietras, Arne Dekker, Peer Briken
Broader insights into the life situations of sexually inactive adults in Germany are widely unexplored. Within the nationally-representative survey GeSiD (German Health and Sexuality Survey), undertaken 2018-2019, data of 4,758 participants with lifetime interpersonal sexual experience aged 18-75 years (men: n = 2234; women: n = 2524) were analyzed in regards to partnered sexual inactivity in the past 12 months (PSI; no genital-involving sexual contact with another person). Overall, advanced age, being single and impaired health conditions were associated with PSI...
December 23, 2022: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Sofia Prekatsounaki, Paul Enzlin
In this qualitative study, we explored women's and men's experience of sexual desire for their romantic partner and its link to dyadic interactions. During interviews and focus group discussions, our participants described sexual desire as 'elusive', 'conditional', 'responsive' and 'malleable'. The subtheme 'elusive' refers to sexual desire having a will of its own, while the remaining three refer to prerequisites for, triggers of, and strategies for enhancing sexual desire respectively. These subthemes come together in the overarching narrative 'luring the elusive', which articulates one's responsibility to accommodate sexual desire for one's partner, but also the necessity to acknowledge its elusiveness...
December 23, 2022: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
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