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Body image in dyadic and solitary sexual desire: the role of encoding style and distracting thoughts

Published inThe Journal of sex research, p. 1-14
Publication date2015
Abstract

This study explored the link between body image and desire to engage in sexual activity (dyadic and solitary desire) in adult women living in a long-term couple relationship. Moreover, it considered two psychological factors that may underlie such a link: the occurrence of bodyrelated distracting thoughts during sexual activity and encoding style (i.e., the tendency to rely on preexisting internal schemata versus external information at encoding). A total of 53 women (29 to 47 years old) in heterosexual relationships completed questionnaires assessing sexual desire (dyadic, solitary), body image, body-related distracting thoughts during sexual activity, and encoding style. Results showed that poor body image was associated with low dyadic and solitary sexual desire. Body-related distracting thoughts during sexual activity mediated the link between body image and solitary (but not dyadic) sexual desire. Finally, the mediation of body-related distracting thoughts between body image and solitary sexual desire was moderated by encoding style. A negative body image promoted the occurrence of body-related distracting thoughts during sexual activity, especially in internal encoders. Our study highlights the importance of body image, distracting thoughts, and encoding style in women's solitary sexuality and suggests possible factors that may reduce the impact of those body-related factors in dyadic sexual desire.

Keywords
  • Body
  • Image
  • Sexual desire
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DOSCH, Alessandra, GHISLETTA, Paolo, VAN DER LINDEN, Martial. Body image in dyadic and solitary sexual desire: the role of encoding style and distracting thoughts. In: The Journal of sex research, 2015, p. 1–14. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2015.1096321
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