TITLE

Factors impacting women's sexual desire: Examining long-term relationships in emerging adulthood

AUTHOR(S)
Murray, Sarah; Milhausen, Robin
PUB. DATE
July 2012
SOURCE
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2012, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p101
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The present study utilized Grounded Theory Methodology to analyze qualitative data concerning sexual desire among young women in emerging adulthood. Specifically, twenty women aged 18-29 in longer-term relationships (mean = 5 years) were interviewed about the factors that had an impact on their sexual desire. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to determine factors that inhibited or elicited sexual desire for these women. Thirty-two factors were created during the final analysis and from these factors four main themes were formed: Personal factors, Partner factors, Relationship factors, and External factors. Based on the 17 sub-themes and their 27 categories, the seven factors most commonly endorsed by participants as either eliciting or inhibiting their desire were: energy level, feeling sexy, physical attraction to one's partner, partner's attentiveness, intimate communication, life transitions, and the possibility of pregnancy. Factors that influenced participants' sexual desire during emerging adulthood generally seemed to mirror those impacting women's desire in other age groups although these influences appeared to be experienced in distinct ways.
ACCESSION #
83133357

 

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