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Relationship quality and perceived partner’s body appreciation is related to women’s own body appreciation and sexual function

Relationship quality and perceived partner’s body appreciation is related to women’s own body appreciation and sexual function
Relationship quality and perceived partner’s body appreciation is related to women’s own body appreciation and sexual function
Research on body appreciation is limited, especially when examining its relationship to sexual functioning. The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between body appreciation and sexual functioning, while measuring perceived partner’s body appreciation and general relationship quality. A sample of 244 women aged 18 to 30 completed measures of sexual functioning, relationship quality, and body image online. General relationship quality and perceived partner’s appreciation of one’s body predicted levels of sexual functioning. Levels of body appreciation did not predict sexual functioning over and above general relationship quality and perceived partner’s appreciation of one’s body. This study is the first to demonstrate the significance of general relationship quality and perceived partner’s body appreciation in relation to levels of body appreciation and sexual functioning. The findings highlight the importance of understanding body appreciation and its role in buffering the harmful impacts of viewing idealized images within the media.
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Walters, Suzanne C.L.
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Lykins, Amy D.
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Graham, Cynthia A.
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Walters, Suzanne C.L.
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Lykins, Amy D.
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Graham, Cynthia A.
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Walters, Suzanne C.L., Lykins, Amy D. and Graham, Cynthia A. (2019) Relationship quality and perceived partner’s body appreciation is related to women’s own body appreciation and sexual function. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. (doi:10.1080/0092623X.2018.1518882).

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Research on body appreciation is limited, especially when examining its relationship to sexual functioning. The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between body appreciation and sexual functioning, while measuring perceived partner’s body appreciation and general relationship quality. A sample of 244 women aged 18 to 30 completed measures of sexual functioning, relationship quality, and body image online. General relationship quality and perceived partner’s appreciation of one’s body predicted levels of sexual functioning. Levels of body appreciation did not predict sexual functioning over and above general relationship quality and perceived partner’s appreciation of one’s body. This study is the first to demonstrate the significance of general relationship quality and perceived partner’s body appreciation in relation to levels of body appreciation and sexual functioning. The findings highlight the importance of understanding body appreciation and its role in buffering the harmful impacts of viewing idealized images within the media.

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Accepted/In Press date: 29 August 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 21 January 2019

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Local EPrints ID: 424438
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/424438
ISSN: 0092-623X
PURE UUID: 4cb03ebe-f227-4d96-8d82-c00b5d010b6c
ORCID for Cynthia A. Graham: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7884-599X

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Date deposited: 05 Oct 2018 11:37
Last modified: 07 Oct 2020 05:05

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