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Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy

Om Salimeh Roudi Rasht Abadi, Mohammad Ali Cheraghi, Batool Tirgari, Nahid Dehaghan Nayeri, Masoud Rayyani
Sexual relationship after surgical menopause matters when talking about sex is taboo and marriage is the only justified way to meet sexual needs. In this qualitative research approach 22 surgical menopausal women shared their experiences of sexual/ marital relationship after surgery through in-depth, face-to-face and semi-structured interviews. Qualitative content analysis technique was used for data analysis. An overarching theme entitled "feeling an invisible wall" reflected this experience. It comprised of three categories: 1) Declined marital intimacy, 2) Disarming, and 3) Transformation of social norms into concerns...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Barry McCarthy
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 12, 2018: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Gözde Yazkan Akgül, Ayşe Burcu Ayaz, Burcu Yildirim, Nese Perdahli Fis
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to examine the autistic traits and executive functions that may require clinical attention in children and adolescents with gender dysphoria (GD). METHOD: The study sample consisted of 25 patients with GD, and 50 controls (aged 5-17 years). The instruments were Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS), and the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF). RESULTS: The GD (mean age: 11.56±4.15 years) and control (mean age: 11...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Jennifer Konzen, Jessica Lambert, Marianne Miller, Sesen Negash
Marital couples not experiencing a satisfying sexual relationship are less satisfied in their overall relationship. There is, however, a paucity of controlled outcome studies researching effectiveness of sex therapy interventions. This study was a pilot investigation of a new manual-based sex therapy called the EIS (empathy, intimacy, and sexual satisfaction) model. Results showed significant improvement in sexual and marital satisfaction, marital intimacy, and verbal sexual intimacy for men and women, and sexual function for women...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Thomas D Steensma, Peggy Cohen-Kettenis, Kenneth Zucker
This is a Letter to the Editor, so no Abstract.
February 7, 2018: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Ahmed Mohamed Hassanin, Ahmed Mohamed El-Halwagy, Nashaat N Ismail, Basma Atef Shehab
Temporary methods of female contraception are commonly practiced in Egypt, but an increased total fertility rate was recently reported. Impaired female sexual function (FSF) due to contraceptive use can be a reason for irregular use/discontinuation. This study aimed at identifying the type(s) of the commonly used contraceptive method(s) in Egypt that can impair FSF. The sexual function of women on some form of temporary contraceptive was compared to that of women not using contraceptives. All participants answered the Arabic translation of the 19- item Female Sexual Function Index questionnaire...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Safiye Tozdan, Anna Kalt, Livia B Keller, Professor Peer Briken
Among 26 pedophilic/hebephilic men, we investigated (1) the relationship between 'specific self-efficacy for modifying a sexual interest in children' (SSIC) and actual sexual interest in children and (2) whether changes of SSIC are associated with changes of sexual interest in children. Results showed that the more clients believe they are able to influence their sexual interest in children, the less strong they perceive their sexual interest in children. Furthermore, an increase of SSIC is associated with a decrease of the sexual interest in children...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Carey S Pulverman, Cindy M Meston, J Gregory Hixon
Vaginal photoplethysmography is the most commonly used method of assessing women's genital sexual arousal. Raw photoplethysmograph data consist of a series of peaks and troughs, and movement by the participant results in artifacts indicated by unusually high or low peak-to-trough amplitudes. The gold standard approach to artifact detection involves visual inspection by a trained experimenter and manual removal of artifacts from the data set, however this process is time consuming and subject to human error...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Daniel N Watter
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January 31, 2018: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
David L Rowland, Laura M Cempel, Aaron R Tempel
Difficulty reaching orgasm during partnered sex is relatively common among women. Yet the reasons, likely multivariate, are not fully understood. This study identified perceived causes for orgasmic difficulty in 452 women during partnered sex. The most commonly-endorsed reasons were stress/anxiety, insufficient arousal, and lack of time during sex; body image, pain, inadequate lubrication, and medical/medication issues were endorsed less frequently. Distressed and non-distressed women differed on several attributions, including sexual interest, partner perceptions, stress, and adequate time during sex...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Susanna B Hummel, Jacques Jdm van Lankveld, Hester Sa Oldenburg, Daniela Ee Hahn, Jacobien M Kieffer, Miranda A Gerritsma, Marianne A Kuenen, Nina Bijker, Paul J Borgstein, Gijsbert Heuff, Alexander Mf Lopes Cardozo, Peter W Plaisier, Herman Rijna, Suzan van der Meij, Eric J van Dulken, Bart C Vrouenraets, Eva Broomans, Neil K Aaronson
The study aim was to evaluate the long-term efficacy of internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for sexual dysfunctions in 84 breast cancer survivors (BCS). The positive effects of the intervention on overall sexual functioning, sexual desire, sexual arousal, vaginal lubrication, discomfort during sex, sexual distress and body image observed immediate post-treatment were maintained at 3- and 9-months follow-up. Although sexual pleasure decreased during follow-up, it did not return to baseline levels...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Alice Yuen Loke, Liying Ying, Xiangli Wu, Lai Har Wu, Jing Shu
OBJECTIVES: This is a feasibility study to examine the effects of a 'Partnership and Coping Enhancement Programme (PCEP)' on improving the psychological well-being and marital functions of couples undergoing IVF treatment. METHODS: A total of 100 couples were recruited consecutively and assigned to a PCEP intervention group or a routine care control group. The couples in the PCEP group received an additional face-to-face, couple-based, 90-minute session on enhancing partnership and coping on the day of the embryo transfer (ET)...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Masoumeh Simbar, Soheila Nazarpour, Mahsa Mirzababaie, Mohammad Ali EmamHadi, Fahimeh Ramezani Tehrani, Hamid Alavi Majd
This study aimed to assess the body image and quality of life of individuals suffering from gender dysphoria (GD) who were undergoing different types of treatment or no treatment at all. This was a descriptive-comparative study of 90 patients with GD sorted into 3 groups of untreated (no hormone therapy or surgery) (n = 30), hormone therapy (n = 30), and gender-reassignment surgery (n = 30). They were recruited using convenience sampling from a hospital in Tehran, Iran. The tools for data collection were three questionnaires to assess quality of life, body image, and demographic characteristics...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Dr Yaniv Efrati, Professor Mario Mikulincer
Compulsive sexual behavior comprises individual-based (e.g., sexual fantasies, compulsive sexual thoughts, masturbation) and partnered (e.g., interpersonal sexual conquests, repeated infidelity) facets. Most instruments for assessing compulsive sexual behavior, however, focus less on the individual-based facet and specifically on fantasies and compulsive thoughts. In the current research, we developed and validated an individual-based compulsive sexual behavior scale (I-CSB). In Study 1 (N = 492), the factorial structure of the I-CSB was examined...
December 27, 2017: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Marie-Ève Daspe, Marie-Pier Vaillancourt-Morel, Yvan Lussier, Stéphane Sabourin, Anik Ferron
There is an understudied, meaningful distinction between high frequency of pornography use and the subjective feeling that this behavior is out of control. We examined whether the quality of a couple's relationship and sex life can strengthen or weaken the association between frequency of Internet pornography use and perceived lack of control over this behavior. In a sample of 1036 participants, results showed that frequency of pornography use was more strongly associated with feeling out of control when relationship and sexual satisfaction were lower...
December 27, 2017: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Julie Déziel, Natacha Godbout, Martine Hébert
This study aimed to examine dispositional mindfulness as a mediator of the relationship between anxiety and sexual desire in men consulting in clinical sexology. A sample of 105 adult men seeking sex therapy completed measures of dispositional mindfulness, anxiety, and sexual desire. Close to a third (28.7%) of participants reported low sexual desire as their main reason to consult in sex therapy. Path analysis confirmed a mediation model and revealed that the association between anxiety and lower sexual desire was fully mediated by dispositional mindfulness...
December 27, 2017: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Benjamin Warach, Lawrence Josephs, Bernard S Gorman
This study employed a structural equation modeling (SEM) approach to examine the interrelationships between the self-serving bias and various known predictors of infidelity. Specifically, we sought to generate a path model depicting how the following variables jointly predict sexual infidelity perpetration: (1) insecure attachment, (2) pathological narcissism, (3) sexual narcissism, (4) primary psychopathy, (5) self-serving attributions for retaliatory infidelity, and (6) sexual betrayal victimization. We developed a structural model describing various pathways to sexual infidelity perpetration based on these six variables...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Jonathan Sandberg, Melece Vida Meservy, Angela Bradford, Shayne Anderson
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between relational aggression and sexual satisfaction, as well as to determine if attachment behaviors could mediate this relationship. Data came from the Relate Institute Questionnaire (RELATE) and was drawn from the matched-pair responses of 539 heterosexual married couples. Results showed the greater the perceived relational aggression, the lower the sexual satisfaction for both self and partner, regardless of gender. Mediation analyses suggest that attachment behaviors may be a mechanism through which relational aggression influences sexual satisfaction...
November 27, 2017: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Stephen B Levine
The increasing incidence of requests for medical services to support gender transition for children, adolescents, and adults has consequences for society, governmental institutions, schools, families, health-care professionals, and, of course, patients. The sociological momentum to recognize and accommodate to trans phenomena has posed ethical dilemmas for endocrinologists, mental health professionals, and sexual specialists as they experience within themselves the clash between respect for patient autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, and informed consent...
January 2, 2018: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Kristen P Mark, Laura M Vowels, Sarah H Murray
Research has indicated that adult romantic attachment is influential and important to sexual and relationship satisfaction. Sexual desire, although not a direct focus of attachment literature, is highly related to sexual and relationship satisfaction, suggesting it may also be impacted by attachment style in romantic couples. However, the research conducted on sexual desire, sexual satisfaction, and attachment has been largely heterocentric, making it difficult to determine whether the findings documented in the literature thus far are relevant in a sexually diverse group of individuals...
November 22, 2017: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
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