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

Stephenson, Kyle R.; Meston, Cindy M.
March 2011
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2011, Vol. 20 Issue 1/2, p31
Academic Journal
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.


Related Articles

  • Vaginal Dryness Problems Among Southeastern Women Aged 40-65 Years in Turkey. Kısa, Sezer; Özdemir, Nurgül // Sexuality & Disability;Mar2013, Vol. 31 Issue 1, p71 

    The aim of this study was to investigate vaginal dryness (VD) problems among 40-65 year old married women in Southeastern Turkey and its effect on their sexuality and health. A cross-sectional study was conducted with 281 women aged 40-65 via face-to-face interview. The results of the study...

  • Female sex pill spurs new questions. Johnson, Steven Ross // Modern Healthcare;8/24/2015, Vol. 45 Issue 34, p0010 

    The article focuses on concerns associated with an approval of drugs enhancing sexual desire in women by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as of August 2015. It states pertinence to gender equality to the drug and mentions that the newly approved drug may bring challenges to physicians in...

  • Factors Influencing the Sexual Function of Women with Urinary Incontinence. Kim, Miok // Korean Journal of Women Health Nursing;Jun2013, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p108 

    Purpose: Sexual function involves a complex interaction of emotions, body image, and intact physical responses. The purpose of this study was to determine the sexual functioning of women who are incontinent and to identify associated factors. Methods: For this descriptive correlation study, data...

  • Sexual Dysfunction in Women After Renal Transplantation. Küçük, Leyla; Türkmen, Aydin; Küçük, Mehmet // Sexuality & Disability;Jun2013, Vol. 31 Issue 2, p155 

    This descriptive and correlation-seeking study was designed to determine sexual problems in female renal transplant patients and determine whether there is a difference between the pre- and post-transplantation period in terms of sexual function. This research was completed in the...

  • BOOK REVIEW. Sex, Lies + Pharmaceuticals: How Drug Companies Plan to Profit from Female Sexual Dysfunction. Meurer, Hélène // Alive: Canada's Natural Health & Wellness Magazine;Jun2011, Issue 344, p108 

    The article reviews the book "Sex, Lies + Pharmaceuticals: How Drug Companies Plan to Profit from Female Sexual Dysfunction," by Ray Moynihan, and Barbar Mintzes.

  • Sexual Problems and Quality of Life in Women with Multiple Sclerosis. Qaderi, Kowsar; Merghati Khoei, Effat // Sexuality & Disability;Mar2014, Vol. 32 Issue 1, p35 

    Sexual problems (SP) are often experienced by people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and severely affect their quality of life. The aim of this study is to investigate the relationship between sexual problems and quality of life subscales. 132 women with MS from Iranian MS Society completed...

  • The sexual quality of life-female (SQOL-F) questionnaire: translation and psychometric properties of the Iranian version. Maasoumi, Raziyeh; Lamyian, Minoor; Montazeri, Ali; Ali Azin, Seyed; Aguilar-Vafaie, Maria E.; Hajizadeh, Ebrahim // Reproductive Health;2013, Vol. 10 Issue 1, p25 

    Background: Female sexual dysfunction is a common condition that extremely affects reproductive health and quality of life. To assess this health condition, a valid and reliable questionnaire is required. The aim of this study was to translate and validate the Sexual Quality of Life-Female...

  • Cutoff Score of the Sexual Interest and Desire Inventory-Female for Diagnosis of Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder. Clayton, Anita H.; Segraves, Robert T.; Bakish, David; Goldmeier, David; Tignol, Jean; van Lunsen, Rik H.W.; Nappi, Rossella E.; Wunderlich, Glen; Kimura, Toshio; Lewis-D'Agostino, Diane J.; Pyke, Robert // Journal of Women's Health (15409996);Dec2010, Vol. 19 Issue 12, p2191 

    Objective: To determine the most appropriate cutoff value for the Sexual Interest and Desire Inventory-Female (SIDI-F) score to discriminate between women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) and those with no female sexual dysfunction (FSD). The SIDI-F is a clinician-rated instrument...

  • The Impact of Urinary Incontinence on Sexual Function and Sexual Satisfaction in Women with Spinal Cord Injury. Cramp, Jackie; Connolly, Maureen; Cosby, Jarold; Ditor, David; Courtois, Frédérique // Sexuality & Disability;Sep2014, Vol. 32 Issue 3, p397 

    Sexual function is a major concern for many individuals following spinal cord injury (SCI). Sexuality after SCI is a complex issue that is influenced by a number of social, psychological and physiological factors, including urinary incontinence (UI). To examine the experience of sexuality for...

  • THE STUDY OF THE PSYCHOMETRIC PROPERTIES OF THE 6-ITEM VERSION OF THE FEMALE SEXUAL FUNCTION INDEX (FSFI-6) AMONGEST IRANIAN WOMEN. GHassami, M.; SHaeiri, M. R.; Asgari Mogadam, M. A.; Rahmati, N. // Journal of Urmia Nursing & Midwifery Faculty;Sep2014, Vol. 12 Issue 7, p532 

    No abstract available.


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics