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

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posted on 2010-01-01, 00:00 authored by Alice Hucker, Alexander MussapAlexander Mussap, M McCabe
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.

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Canadian journal of human sexuality

Volume

19

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67 - 77

Location

East York, Ont.

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  • Yes

ISSN

1188-4517

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2010, Sex Information and Education Council of Canada

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