Incidence and persistence/recurrence of women’s sexual difficulties : findings from the Australian longitudinal study of health and relationships

Smith, Anthony M. A., Lyons, Anthony, Ferris, Jason A., Richters, Juliet, Pitts, Marian K., Shelley, Julia M., Simpson, Judy M., Heywood, Wendy and Patrick, Kent 2012, Incidence and persistence/recurrence of women’s sexual difficulties : findings from the Australian longitudinal study of health and relationships, Journal of sex and marital therapy, vol. 38, no. 4, pp. 378-393.

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Title Incidence and persistence/recurrence of women’s sexual difficulties : findings from the Australian longitudinal study of health and relationships
Author(s) Smith, Anthony M. A.
Lyons, Anthony
Ferris, Jason A.
Richters, Juliet
Pitts, Marian K.
Shelley, Julia M.
Simpson, Judy M.
Heywood, Wendy
Patrick, Kent
Journal name Journal of sex and marital therapy
Volume number 38
Issue number 4
Start page 378
End page 393
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Philadelphia, Pa.
Publication date 2012-07-01
ISSN 0092-623X
1521-0715
Keyword(s) age factors
cross-sectional studies
longitudinal studies
middle aged
recurrence
physiological sexual dysfunction
psychological sexual dysfunctions
Summary This study presents data on the prevalence, incidence, and persistence/recurrence of 8 sexual difficulties among women. Australian women participated in 2 computer-assisted interviews approximately 12 months apart. Analyses were based on a weighted sample of 2,252 women who were 20–64 years of age, sexually active in the past 12 months, and in the same heterosexual relationship at both interviews. Upon recruitment, two-thirds of women (66%) reported having one or more sexual difficulties. At follow-up, 36% reported a new sexual difficulty. The two highest incident difficulties were “lacking interest in having sex” (26%) and “taking too long to orgasm” (11%). In addition, 68% of women with 1 or more sexual difficulties at recruitment reported having at least 1 of these again at follow-up. Lacking interest in having sex had the highest persistence/recurrence (65%). Logistic regression modeling revealed a lower incidence of sexual difficulties among women in their 40s. Age was also a predictor of the persistence/recurrence, with persistence/recurrence most likely among older women. Tobacco and alcohol use predicted the incidence, but not persistence/recurrence, of lacking interest in sex. Health professionals need to take note of the sociodemographic groups most prone to developing and having persistent/recurrent sexual difficulties.
Language eng
Field of Research 111706 Epidemiology
Socio Economic Objective 920507 Women's Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050107

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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