The Relationship between Body Image and Sexual Functioning Among Partnered Heterosexual Women

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The Relationship between Body Image and Sexual Functioning Among Partnered Heterosexual Women

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dc.contributor.advisor Milhausen, Robin
dc.contributor.author Benson, Lindsay
dc.date 2011-07-19
dc.date.accessioned 2011-08-25T20:40:13Z
dc.date.available 2011-08-25T20:40:13Z
dc.date.issued 2011-08-25
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/2868
dc.description.abstract The objective of this thesis was to determine whether evaluative body image, affective body image, and behavioural body image were predictive of women’s sexual desire, arousal and orgasm. Results are based on self-report and body composition data from 88 women (a subset of a larger data set including men) in heterosexual romantic relationships at the time of data collection. Hierarchical multiple regression indicated that poor evaluative, affective and behavioural body image were detrimental to women’s sexual functioning. Specifically, dissatisfaction with one’s body predicted decrements in desire (β = -.31, p <.05) and arousal (β = -.35, p <.01). Similarly, feeling that others evaluate one’s body negatively, predicted decrements in desire (β = .22, p <.05) and arousal (β = .35, p <.01). Feeling negatively about one’s appearance predicted decrements in arousal (β = .26, p <.05). Negative thoughts and feelings about one’s body that influence sexual behaviours (body image self-consciousness) predicted decrements in arousal (β = -.37, p <.01) and orgasm (β = -.25, p <.05). Implications for public health messages, treatment programs, sexual problem assessments and directions for future research are discussed. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Body Image en_US
dc.subject Sexual Functioning en_US
dc.subject Sexual Desire en_US
dc.subject Sexual Arousal en_US
dc.subject Orgasm en_US
dc.subject Cognitive Distraction en_US
dc.title The Relationship between Body Image and Sexual Functioning Among Partnered Heterosexual Women en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Family Relations and Applied Nutrition en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Science en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition en_US


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