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Title: Predicting sexual problems in women: The relevance of sexual excitation and sexual inhibition
Authors: Sanders, SA;Graham, CA;Milhausen, RR
subject: Sexual arousal;Sexual problems;Women;Inhibition
Year: 2008
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Description: This is the post-print version of the article. The official published version can be obtained from the link below.
Data from a non-clinical sample of 540 heterosexual women were used to examine the relationships between scores on the Sexual Excitation/Sexual Inhibition Inventory for Women (SESII-W) and ratings of current sexual problems, lifetime arousal difficulty, lifetime orgasm difficulty, and lifetime problems with low sexual interest. Multiple regression analyses also included several demographic/background variables as predictors: age, full-time employment, completed college, children in household, married, health ratings, importance of sex, and whether the woman was in a sexual relationship. The strongest statistical predictors of both current and lifetime sexual problems were the SESII-W inhibition factors Arousal Contingency and Concerns about Sexual Function. Demographic factors did not feature largely in any of the models predicting sexual problems even when statistically significant relationships were found. If future research supports the predictive utility of the SESII-W in identifying women who are more likely to experience sexual difficulties, these scales may be used as prognostic factors in treatment studies.
This study was funded, in part, by a grant from the Lilly Centre for Women's Health.
Standard no: Archives of Sexual Behavior, 37(2): 241-251, Apr 2008
Appears in Collections:Dept of Life Sciences Research Papers

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