Sexual satisfaction and cognitive schemas activated in a sexual context among Iranian married women of reproductive age

Bahrami, N., Piexoto, M.M., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524 and Alimoradi, Z., 2021. Sexual satisfaction and cognitive schemas activated in a sexual context among Iranian married women of reproductive age. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy. ISSN 0092-623X

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Abstract

The present study examined the relationship between sexual satisfaction (SS) and cognitive schemas activated in sexual context. In a cross-sectional study, the participants comprised 313 Iranian married women (mean age of 36.7 years and mean marriage duration of 12.4 years). Data were collected utilizing an online survey comprising the Index of Sexual Satisfaction, the Cognitive Schema Activated in Sexual Context Questionnaire, and a number of sociodemographic questions. A linear regression model utilizing the stepwise method was performed. The mean score of cognitive schemas relating to sexual problems was 35.56 (out of 140; SD = 14.68) with the highest mean in the Difference/Loneliness subscale (higher scores indicating greater negative schema activation). The mean score of sexual satisfaction on the ISS was 96.80 (out of 125; SD = 16.77). The highest scores of cognitive schemas relating to sexual problems were observed among individuals with low sexual satisfaction. Based on a multivariable linear regression model, age (β = 0.33), spouse social support (β = 0.23), and spouse job (β = 0.21) had the highest regression coefficients in relation to sexual satisfaction among Iranian married women. Cognitive schemas activated in a sexual context were strongly and significantly associated with sexual satisfaction among Iranian married women of reproductive age. The findings suggest that schema therapy techniques be used alongside initiatives to promote spouse social support to help prevent problematic sexual cognitive schemas.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy
Creators: Bahrami, N., Piexoto, M.M., Griffiths, M.D. and Alimoradi, Z.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date: 20 October 2021
ISSN: 0092-623X
Identifiers:
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10.1080/0092623X.2021.1986185DOI
1480900Other
Rights: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy on 20/10/2021, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/0092623X.2021.1986185
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 22 Oct 2021 15:56
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2021 15:56
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/44497

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