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Intercorrelations among general arousability, emerging and current sexual desire, and severity of sexual dysfunction in women.

Authors
  • McCabe, M P
  • Jupp, J J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Psychological reports
Publication Date
Aug 01, 1989
Volume
65
Issue
1
Pages
147–154
Identifiers
PMID: 2780925
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Intercorrelations among general trait arousability, emerging sexual desire, current sexual desire, lack of sexual desire perceived as a problem, and sexual dysfunction were assessed in 65 women currently involved in marital or de facto heterosexual relationships. The Stimulus Screening Test was used to measure general arousability and the Assessment of Sexual Function and Dysfunction Questionnaire was used to measure emerging sexual desire, current sexual desire lack of sexual desire, and sexual dysfunction. Analysis showed that arousability was positively associated with current levels of sexual desire which was negatively associated with sexual dysfunction. There was a curvilinear relationship between arousability and sexual dysfunction, with women experiencing both high and low levels of arousability being more likely to score higher on measures of sexual dysfunction than those experiencing medium levels of arousal. The possible implications of these results are discussed.

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