Demographic and psychological factors related to sexual desire among heterosexual women in a relationship

McCabe, Marita P. and Goldhammer, Denisa L. 2012, Demographic and psychological factors related to sexual desire among heterosexual women in a relationship, Journal of sex research, vol. 49, no. 1, pp. 78-87, doi: 10.1080/00224499.2011.569975.

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Title Demographic and psychological factors related to sexual desire among heterosexual women in a relationship
Author(s) McCabe, Marita P.
Goldhammer, Denisa L.
Journal name Journal of sex research
Volume number 49
Issue number 1
Start page 78
End page 87
Total pages 10
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Philadelphia, Pa.
Publication date 2012-01-01
ISSN 0022-4499
Keyword(s) demographic
Summary This study examined demographic, psychological, and relationship factors that are associated with the experience of sexual desire in women. The contribution of other aspects of sexual function on sexual desire was also investigated. The participants were 741 partnered heterosexual women (mean age¼45.7 years), who completed the Female Sexual Desire Questionnaire online, which evaluated their levels of sexual desire, as well as a range of individual and dyadic variables. For each of the six aspects of sexual desire assessed, the number and frequency of problems in other aspects of women’s sexual functioning were the most common predictors. The results demonstrated that sexual desire was lower among older, postmenopausal women and those who had been in their current relationship for a longer period of time. Women who reported that their partner experienced a sexual dysfunction also obtained lower sexual desire scores. These findings demonstrate the strong interrelationship between the different phases of the sexual response cycle for women. Further, they suggest that sexual dysfunction in one partner is likely to be associated with sexual dysfunction in the other partner. The clinical implications of these findings in terms of the treatment for sexual dysfunction among women (and their partners) are discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/00224499.2011.569975
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920507 Women's Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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