TITLE

The association between sexual costs and sexual satisfaction in women: An exploration of the Interpersonal Exchange Model of Sexual Satisfaction

AUTHOR(S)
Stephenson, Kyle R.; Meston, Cindy M.
PUB. DATE
March 2011
SOURCE
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2011, Vol. 20 Issue 1/2, p31
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Recent research has suggested that female sexual functioning may be strongly tied to sexual satisfaction in some cases and weakly tied in others. The Interpersonal Exchange Model of Sexual Satisfaction (IEMSS) constitutes a validated theoretical framework within which to explore this complex association. The aim of the current study was to explore whether sexual functioning represents an important sexual cost that is closely linked to sexual satisfaction, and for whom. Data from 200 female undergraduates were analyzed to determine if sexual functioning accounted for the association between sexual costs and sexual satisfaction in women and whether this indirect effect was dependent on adult attachment anxiety. We found a significant simple indirect effect wherein sexual functioning accounted for the association between sexual costs and sexual satisfaction for the sample as a whole. However, attachment anxiety moderated this Indirect effect: sexual functioning accounted for the association between sexual costs and satisfaction for women reporting low levels of attachment anxiety, but not for women reporting high ievels of attachment anxiety. These findings suggest that, depending on individual attachment orientation, difficulties with sexual functioning may or may not represent key sexual costs that are associated with levels of sexual satisfaction. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.
ACCESSION #
63795334

 

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