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Title: Relationship Quality and Perceived Partner's Body Appreciation Is Related to Women's Own Body Appreciation and Sexual Functioning
Contributor(s): Walters, Suzanne (author); Lykins, Amy D L  (author)orcid ; Graham, Cynthia A (author)
Publication Date: 2019
Early Online Version: 2019-01-21
DOI: 10.1080/0092623X.2018.1518882
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Abstract: 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. Levels of body appreciation did not predict sexual functioning over and above general relationship quality and perceived partner's appreciation of one's body. This study is the first to demonstrate the significance of general relationship quality and perceived partner's body appreciation in relation to levels of body appreciation and sexual functioning. The findings highlight the importance of understanding body appreciation and its role in buffering the harmful impacts of viewing idealized images within the media.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 45(4), p. 265-275
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1521-0715
Field of Research (FoR) 2008: 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
170105 Gender Psychology
Field of Research (FoR) 2020: 520303 Counselling psychology
520302 Clinical psychology
520304 Health psychology
520502 Gender psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920507 Women's Health
940113 Gender and Sexualities
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200509 Women's and maternal health
230108 Gender and sexualities
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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School of Psychology

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