The Sexual Self-Perceptions of Young Women Experiencing Abuse in Dating Relationships

The Sexual Self-Perceptions of Young Women Experiencing Abuse in Dating Relationships Though information about one's sexuality may be inferred from sexual interactions themselves, a sexual sense of self may also be derived from the quality of the intimate relationship more generally. In this study, we examined the sexual self-perceptions of young women in dating relationships (N=108) as a function of whether these relationships were characterized by abuse. Negative sexual self-perceptions were found to be more evident among women who were experiencing physical/psychological abuse or sexual coercion in their current relationships than among women who were not, even after controlling for self-esteem and depressive symptoms. However, positive sexual self-perceptions were unaffected by abuse, and hence may provide young women a basis for establishing healthier relationships in future. Sex Roles Springer Journals

The Sexual Self-Perceptions of Young Women Experiencing Abuse in Dating Relationships

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Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright © 2004 by Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.
Psychology; Gender Studies; Sociology, general; Medicine/Public Health, general
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