Postcoital dysphoria: Prevalence and psychological correlates

Schweitzer, Robert D., O'Brien, Jessica, & Burri, Andrea (2015) Postcoital dysphoria: Prevalence and psychological correlates. Sexual Medicine, 3(4), pp. 235-243.

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While problems related to desire, arousal, and orgasm have been subject to extensive epidemiologic research, women's postcoital reactions and feelings, and postcoital dysphoria (PCD) remains under-researched.

  • Aim

The study examined the association between women's attachment anxiety and avoidance, differentiation of self, and the experience of PCD symptoms.

  • Methods

Two hundred and thirty female university students completed an online survey.

  • Main Outcome Measures

The Female Sexual Function Index, the Experiences in Close Relationships Scale, the Differentiation of Self Inventory-Revised, and study specific questions.

  • Results

Forty-six percent of respondents reported experiencing PCD symptoms at least once in their lifetime with 5.1% experiencing PCD symptoms a few times within the past 4 weeks. A small but significant inverse correlation was found between lifetime prevalence of PCD and sexual functioning (r = −0.16). While the regression model accounted for 22% of variance in lifetime prevalence of PCD, attachment and differentiation of self variables did not account for significant variance.

  • Conclusions

The findings confirm that PCD is under-recognized and under-researched. There appears to be no relationship between PCD and intimacy in close relationships. Further research is necessary to understand the subjective experience of PCD and to inform the development of a reliable measure.

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ID Code: 88472
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1002/sm2.74
ISSN: 20501161
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: The authors
Deposited On: 07 Oct 2015 05:26
Last Modified: 16 May 2016 03:56

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