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Participants wanted for study on women’s body image and sexual functioning

December 4th, 2008

Dr Petra

Researchers at the University of Sydney (Australia) Faculty of Health Sciences are looking for female participants to take part in a study looking at genital and body image and the impact on sexual functioning.

More information is below, if you’re interested in taking part please contact the research team direct:

The Effects of Genital Image and Body Image on Sexual Functioning in Women

This study will evaluate the association between genital image, body image and sexual satisfaction in women across the reproductive spectrum.

Coping with psychosexual issues for individuals and their partners can be difficult. Disappointment, isolation and poor quality of life can occur if sexual issues are not understood. Perceptions of one’s physical self play a significant role in one’s sexual self-esteem. The more discomfort one has about their body the more avoidance one may experience in expressing their sexuality. Genital image is an important component of sexual functioning that is poorly represented in the literature. Indirect evidence for the concept of genital image can be found in the media that document the recent increase in women seeking cosmetic surgery for their genitalia.

This research will investigate further, the intimacy issues for women by evaluating if genital image concerns influence comfort during sexual activity. The research aims to evaluate the type of framework or prevention intervention that is necessary to enhance quality of life for women who have genital image concerns. One way of achieving this is helping women become more knowledgeable and comfortable with their genitals.

The study invites participants to complete questionnaires on-line which will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. Click here to access the questionnaire.

The study is being conducted by Frances D’Arcy-Tehan and will form the basis for the Doctor of Philosophy (Sexual Health) at The University of Sydney under the supervision of: Dr Gomathi Sitharthan, Research Co-ordinator, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney and Dr Matthew Dunn, Associate Supervisor, University of New South Wales.

If you would like to know more about this research please feel free to contact: Frances D’Arcy-Tehan, Doctor of Philosophy Student (Health Sciences) University of Sydney fdar7260@usyd.edu.au or Dr Gomathi Sitharthan, Research Co-ordinator g.sitharthan@usyd.edu.au.

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