A qualitative exploration of the meaning and experience of sexual desire among partnered women
Goldhammer, Denisa L. and McCabe, Marita P. 2011, A qualitative exploration of the meaning and experience of sexual desire among partnered women, Canadian journal of human sexuality, vol. 20, no. 1-2, pp. 19-29.
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This qualitative study explored the meaning and experience of sexual desire for women. Data were gathered through semi-structured interviews with 40 partnered heterosexual women aged 20 to 61 years drawn from the general population. Thematic analysis of the interview transcripts Indicated that the participants understood and experienced their sexual desire primarily within the context of their partner relationships and most frequently reported responsive rather than autonomous experiences of sexual desire. The implications of the study findings are discussed in relation to the definition, classification, and treatment of sexual desire disorders in women.
Field of Research
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
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