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Self-concept clarity and women's sexual well-being

Hucker, Alice, Mussap, Alexander J. and McCabe, Marita M. 2010, Self-concept clarity and women's sexual well-being, Canadian journal of human sexuality, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 67-77.

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Title Self-concept clarity and women's sexual well-being
Author(s) Hucker, Alice
Mussap, Alexander J.
McCabe, Marita M.
Journal name Canadian journal of human sexuality
Volume number 19
Issue number 3
Start page 67
End page 77
Total pages 11
Publisher Sex Information and Education Council of Canada
Place of publication East York, Ont.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1188-4517
Summary The purpose of this study was to examine the role of self-concept clarity, a core structural aspect of self-concept, in women's sexual well-being. A convenience sample of 261 women aged 18 years and over {M=25.8, £D=7.9) completed an online survey that measured self-concept clarity, three aspects of sexual well-being (sexual self-efñcacy, sexual self-esteem and sexual satisfaction), and four structural dimensions of sexual identity (commitment, synthesis/integration, exploration, and orientation identity uncertainty). A series of multiple mediation analyses, followed by post-hoc bootstrap tests of the difference between mediation effects, revealed that self-concept clarity is indirectly related to the measures of sexual well-being, and that these relationships are mediated by the two "investment-related" dimensions of sexual identity: commitment and synthesis/integration. These results suggest that women with a more broadly and coherently integrated sexual identity are also better able to make healthy and positive choices in the sexual domain and experience more satisfaction with their sex lives, i^ore generally, the results highlight the potential importance of including structural aspects of self-concept in explanations of women's sexual well-being.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920599 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Sex Information and Education Council of Canada
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30031226

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