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Study Addresses Psychological Aspects of Female Sexual Problems

Sep 19, 2017

The authors discussed two risk factors:

  • Anxiety sensitivity – fear of physiologic reactions caused by anxiety. For example, a woman may become frightened when her heartbeat increases during sex
  • Emotion regulation – ways that people respond to what they are experiencing emotionally

The researchers also looked at psychological distress in light of these risk factors.

They recruited 316 female university students between the ages of 17 and 38 years (average age 19) to complete a group of questionnaires to assess their anxiety sensitivity, depression, stress, emotion regulation, sexual function, sexual quality of life, and sexual experiences.

About 83% of the women were heterosexual, and 46% of the participants were in committed relationships. Nineteen percent said they had been diagnosed with a mental health problem in the past.

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