Previous research regarding anxiety and female sexual functioning has yielded conflicting conclusions. This study examined the effect of state/trait anxiety and anxiety sensitivity on sexual responding and the propensity toward sexual inhibition/excitation in women without an anxiety disorder (n = 100, M age = 28.8 years) compared with women with an anxiety disorder (panic disorder or generalized anxiety disorder, n = 30, M age = 30.2 years). Participants completed self-report measures of state and trait anxiety, anxiety sensitivity, sexual functioning, and sexual inhibition/excitation. Women with an anxiety disorder reported worse sexual functioning compared with those without an anxiety disorder (except for desire, lubrication, and pain) and a greater propensity toward sexual inhibition, because of the threat of performance failure and its consequences. Dispositional anxiety and related worries significantly predicted various types of sexual dysfunctions. Findings suggested the importance of considering the relation between anxiety and sexual functioning to design optimal prevention and therapeutic interventions for women with anxiety disorders.
|Titolo:||Anxiety and female sexual functioning: an empirical study|
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