Lilly, Michelle M.
M.A. (Master of Arts)
Department of Psychology
One in four women are sexually assaulted at some time during their life, which often results in negative effects including lower levels of sexual satisfaction and higher rates of sexual dysfunction. While sexual violence has been consistently linked to lower levels of sexual satisfaction and higher rates of sexual dysfunction, not all women who experience sexual violence go on to experience these negative effects. This suggests that there may be another factor involved in the development of post-assault sexual problems. Research indicates that one factor may be motivation for sexual intercourse as different motivations have shown predictive value for sexual outcomes, including sexual satisfaction. Despite these connections, there is a gap in the literature examining the relationship between sexual violence, sexual motivations, sexual satisfaction, and sexual dysfunction. The proposed study addressed this gap by surveying 127 college-aged women to investigate (a) the impact of sexual violence on sexual satisfaction and sexual dysfunction, (b) the relationship between sexual satisfaction and sexual dysfunction, (c) the relationship between sexual satisfaction/dysfunction and sexual motivations, and (d) the moderating role of sexual motivation on the relationship between sexual violence and sexual satisfaction/dysfunction. While these hypotheses were not supported, there was a significant relationship between sexual satisfaction and sexual dysfunction. Additionally, the covariate of relationship motivation predicted sexual satisfaction and sexual dysfunction. Future research is necessary to further examine the relationships among sexual violence, sexual motivation, sexual satisfaction, sexual dysfunction, and relationship satisfaction as results of the current study fail to support existing literature.
Leonard, Kyla A., "Sexual Satisfaction and Dysfunction in Female Survivors of Sexual Violence: The Moderating Effect of Sexual Motivations" (2022). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 7293.
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