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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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Title A qualitative exploration of the meaning and experience of sexual desire among partnered women
Author(s) Goldhammer, Denisa L.
McCabe, Marita P.
Journal name Canadian journal of human sexuality
Volume number 20
Issue number 1-2
Start page 19
End page 29
Publisher Sex Information and Education Council of Canada
Place of publication Toronto, Canada
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1188-4517
Summary 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.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920506 Rural Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Sex Information and Education Council of Canada
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30036733

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: School of Psychology
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