Predictors of Sexual Satisfaction

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Dr Penhollow and Dr. Young's study, entitled Predictors of Sexual Satisfaction: Body Image and Fitness seeks to understand a possible connection between body image, fitness, and sexual satisfaction in men and women; this study was undertaken to further understand this possible link, which was tentatively established by previous studies , which established a correlation between physical fitness or activity level and frequency of sexual activity and desire.


This study constitutes an important first step, and invites other researchers to explore the topic further.
The methodology was entirely through self-reporting, measuring the participants' sexual satisfaction and their perceived self-image in relation to body, fitness, and activity level. Two hundred and ninety women and one hundred and eighteen men participated in the study; all were voluntary participants enrolled in an undergraduate health class at a university. The majority of the class was white, with other races nominally represented. The respondents completed a questionnaire which included demographic information, "An 11-item modified Derogatis Sexual Satisfaction Scale (Young et al., 1998)" (Penhollow and Young "Predictors" par. 12) and a "A 13-item body image self-consciousness scale (Wiederman, 2000)" (Penhollow and Young "Predictors" par. ...
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