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Title: The Relationship between Negative Mood and Sexuality in Heterosexual Women
Contributor(s): Janssen, Erick (author); Lykins, Amy (author)orcid ; Graham, Cynthia (author)
Publication Date: 2003
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Abstract: Although negative mood is generally assumed to have negative effects on sexuality, little research has systematically examined this assumption and what has been done has focused almost exclusively on men. Two recent studies (Bancroft, Janssen, Strong, Carnes, Vukadinovic, & Long, 2003; Bancroft, Janssen, Strong, & Vukadinovic, 2003) found considerable individual variability in how negative mood affects sexual interest and response in gay and straight men. Although the majority of respondents indicated that negative mood either had negative or no effects on their sexuality, a substantial minority reported an increase in sexual interest and response. There are a number of reasons to expect that the relationship between negative mood and sexuality as well as its determinants will be different in women. For example, women show higher rates of depression than men, and many women experience menstrual cycle and pregnancy-related fluctuations in mood. The primary aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between negative mood and sexuality in a nonclinical sample of women and to explore potential predictors of this relationship, such as age, propensity for anxiety (STAI) and depression (ZDPR), and sexual inhibition and excitation proneness (SIS/SES). A secondary aim was to compare this female sample with a nonclinical sample of heterosexual men.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: 29th Annual Meeting of the International Academy of Sex Research (IASR), Bloomington, United States of America, 16th - 19th July, 2003
Source of Publication: 29th Annual Meeting of the International Academy of Sex Research Book of Abstracts
Publisher: International Academy of Sex Research (IASR)
Place of Publication: United States of America
Field of Research (FOR): 170105 Gender Psychology
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
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