Conceptualizing women's sexual function : linear vs. circular models of sexual response

Giles, Katie R. and McCabe, Marita P. 2009, Conceptualizing women's sexual function : linear vs. circular models of sexual response, Journal of sexual medicine, vol. 6, no. 10, pp. 2761-2771.

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Title Conceptualizing women's sexual function : linear vs. circular models of sexual response
Author(s) Giles, Katie R.
McCabe, Marita P.
Journal name Journal of sexual medicine
Volume number 6
Issue number 10
Start page 2761
End page 2771
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2009-10
ISSN 1743-6095
1743-6109
Keyword(s) female sexual response
female sexual dysfunction
linear model
circular model
sexual desire
sexual arousal
Summary Introduction. The lack of an adequate empirical base for models of female sexual response is a critical issue within the female sexual dysfunction (FSD) literature.

Aim. The current research compared the extent to which a linear model of sexual response and Basson's circular model of female sexual response represent the sexual function of women with and without FSD.

Main Outcome Measures. Women's levels of sexual function/dysfunction were assessed with the Female Sexual Function Index and additional items measured women's endorsement of models of female sexual function as representing their own sexual experience.

Methods. An anonymous online survey assessing female sexual response and associated aetiological factors was completed by a random sample of 404 women.

Results.
Although the linear model of sexual response was a good fit for women with and without sexual dysfunction, the relationship between sexual arousal and orgasm was mediated by sexual desire for women with FSD. The fit of the initial circular model of women's sexual response was poor for both groups. Following pathway modification, the modified circular model adequately represented the responses of both groups and revealed that a number of the relationships between sexual response variables were stronger for women with FSD.

Conclusions. The linear model was a more accurate representation of sexual response for women with normal sexual function than women with FSD and sexual arousal and orgasm was mediated by sexual desire for women with FSD. The modified circular model was a more accurate representation of the sexual response of women with FSD than women with normal sexual function.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Wiley-Blackwell
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30020667

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