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Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy

Stephen B Levin
The increasing incidence of request 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, Nonmalficience, and Informed Consent...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Irum Saeed Abbasi, Nawal G Alghamdi
What causes some marriages to stand the test of time while others fail? Marital commitment is the key force underlying the stability, quality, and longevity of the romantic relationship. Commitment is strengthened in the presence of marital satisfaction, the absence of alternative attractions, and steady investments made in the relationship. Commitment is also a consequence of increasing dependence such that when partners are emotionally engaged with their virtual connections, their dependence on their significant other weakens resulting in low commitment...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Meireluci Costa Ribeiro, Marco de Tubino Scanavino, Maria Luiza Sant'Ana do Amaral, Ana Lúcia de Moraes Horta, Maria Regina Torloni
The aim of this review is to present the beliefs related to sexual activity during pregnancy. We identified 13 studies (3122 participants). The main positive beliefs about sex in pregnancy were that it makes labor easier, promotes marital harmony, prevents infidelity and improves fetal well-being. Negative beliefs were more frequent; they were that sex could harm the unborn child (cause injuries, miscarriage or fetal infection) and endanger the pregnancy or maternal health (cause membrane rupture, bleeding, preterm labor and maternal infection)...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Gülşah İlhan, Fatma Verda Verit Atmaca, Meryem Kurek Eken, Hürkan Akyol
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Few prospective studies have evaluated the impact of premenstrual symptoms (PMS) on female sexual function and sexuality related distress. Therefore the purpose of the present study was to find out risk factors of PMS for  female sexual function and sexuality related personal distress. METHODS: This prospective cohort study was conducted at the Suleymaniye women's health and disease, research and education hospital, Istanbul, Turkey between February 2014 and March 2016...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Meenakshi Palaniappan, Rachel Heatherly, Laurie Mintz, Kathleen Connelly, Tessa Wimberley, Alexandra Balzer, Danielle Pierini, Katherine Vogel Anderson
This study compared the effectiveness of a skill-based bibliotherapy intervention and a placebo pill intervention purported to be efficacious in increasing women's sexual desire. Forty-five participants were randomized into the two groups after completing pre-test measures of sexual desire and functioning. After completing their interventions, participants completed 6-week post-test, and 12-week follow-up measures. Results demonstrated that when compared to the placebo pill group, the bibliotherapy group made statistically greater gains from pre-test to follow-up in sexual desire and satisfaction...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Anita H Clayton, Robert E Pyke
Tiefer (2017) criticized our recent analysis of psychological treatment trials for HSDD (Pyke & Clayton, 2015) on what she claims to be scientific and "political" grounds. In the same letter, she alleged that we, and, by extension, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, promoted drugs to the detriment of psychological treatment of female sexual problems. Such accusations require a serious response.
January 23, 2017: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Kathleen E Merwin, Lucia F O'Sullivan, Natalie O Rosen
Women with sexual problems (e.g., difficulties with desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, and pain during sexual activity) experience more depressive symptoms, and poorer sexual functioning and relationship satisfaction compared with unaffected women. A robust literature highlights the importance of sexual communication, and sexual self-disclosures in particular, for the well-being of individuals in romantic relationships. However, little is known about the disclosure of sexual problems to romantic partners and its association with women's psychological, sexual, and relationship well-being...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Anita H Clayton, Robert E Pyke
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 11, 2017: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Nicole K Smith, Scott Butler, Brandon Wagner, Erika Collazo, Lucia Caltabiano, Debby Herbenick
The present study explores how genital self-image may be related to considerations of surgically altering one's genitals and documents the wanted genital changes among young adults. Evidence of a nontrivial proportion of respondents (98 of 1,110) had seriously considered elective genital surgery. Regression models indicate that, for both men and women, identifying as heterosexual and reporting lower composite genital self-image scores results in higher odds of considering genital surgery. Additionally for men, feeling unsatisfied with penis size increased the odds...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Renly Lim, Men Long Liong, Nurzalina Abdul Karim Khan, Kah Hay Yuen
There is currently no published information on the validity and reliability of the Golombok Rust Inventory of Sexual Satisfaction in the Asian population, specifically in patients with stress urinary incontinence, which limits its use in this region. Our study aimed to evaluate the psychometric properties of this questionnaire in the Malaysian population. Ten couples were recruited for the pilot testing. The agreement between the English and Chinese or Malay versions were tested using the intraclass correlation coefficients, with results of more than 0...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Christian Graugaard, Vibe Maria L Nielsen, Solveig Ø Jensen, Henning Koch, Anna J Ogstrup, Mathias F Jakobsen, Jeppe Hald
Young people's need for sexual counseling is well documented, and both website and hotline-based services have been established as means of health promotion in this field. Such measures, however, are rarely evaluated, so this article offers data from the world's presumably oldest sexuality helpline aimed at young people. With an observation time of two decades and a total of 42,325 questions asked, the study provides a unique glance into the sexual landscapes of Danish youth. It shows an overall male predominance among callers and reveals that the counseling themes change over time and differ between both age groups and genders...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Hillary Lianna McBride, Sarah Olson, Janelle Kwee, Carolin Klein, Kelly Smith
The postpartum period presents unique challenges to couples' relationships and sexuality, yet these factors are often left unaddressed by health care providers. The Women's Postpartum Sexual Health Program (WPSHP), a four-session, group- and couples-based program delivered by an interdisciplinary care team at a family practice center, was designed specifically to address common concerns among postpartum women and their partners. The interrelated, biopsychosocial aspects of women's sexuality in the postpartum period are summarized, followed by a detailed description of the WPSHP content and structure...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Nilufer Tugut, Zehra Golbasi, Tulay Bulbul
This study was aimed at determining the quality of sexual life and changes occurring in the sexual life of women with high-risk pregnancy. The study was carried out at the obstetric clinic of a hospital in a province located in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey. The population of this cross-sectional study comprised 112 women diagnosed with high-risk pregnancy. When the period during which the women had a diagnosis of high-risk pregnancy was compared to the period during which they did not have such a diagnosis, it was determined that more than half of the women experienced adverse changes in their sexual lives...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Julia Velten, Saskia Scholten, Cynthia A Graham, Jürgen Margraf
To date, no longitudinal studies have evaluated the predictive value of the two factors of the dual control model-sexual excitation (SE) and sexual inhibition (SI)-for future sexual function. The aims of the present study were to investigate the associations between SE/SI and sexual function and estimate their predictive value for future sexual function in a sample of women. Overall, 2,214 women participated in a web-based survey that assessed SE, SI, and sexual function as well as symptoms of depression. The one- and two-year follow-up surveys included 396 and 382 participants, respectively...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Elizabeth R Bird, Amanda K Gilmore, Cynthia A Stappenbeck, Julia R Heiman, Kelly Cue Davis, Jeanette Norris, William H George
This study examined influences of alcohol intoxication, attentional control, and childhood sexual abuse (CSA) severity on sex-related dissociation. Sex-related dissociation is defined here as dissociation (e.g., feeling as if the world is unreal and feeling disconnected from one's body) during sexual activity or in the presence of sexual stimuli. Women (N = 70) were randomized to a 2 (alcohol condition: none,.10% peak breath alcohol concentration) X 2 (attentional control instructions: none, "relax and maximize" sexual arousal) experiment and exposed to sexual stimuli...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Erin Watson, Robin R Milhausen, Jessica Wood, Scott Maitland
Previous research indicates that women with sexual problems may have different reasons for engaging in sex than women who are not experiencing sexual problems. The current study investigated whether reasons for sex differed by women reporting high versus low overall sexual functioning, as assessed by the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) (Rosen et al., 2000). As low desire and inability to achieve orgasm are the two most commonly reported sexual problems for women, the study also investigated whether women with and without problems specifically related to sexual desire or orgasm cited different reasons for sex...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Amber L Garcia
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January 2, 2017: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
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