Factors affecting sexual-self esteem among young adult women in long-term heterosexual relationships.

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    • Abstract:
      The topic of sexual self-esteem has been widely addressed in the literature on female sexuality but few studies have addressed the factors that facilitate or hinder women's sense of sexual self-esteem. Based on previously reported definitions of sexual self-esteem, the present study employed semi-structured interviews with 17 women aged 24-39 years in long-term heterosexual relationships (5-20 years) to identify incidents and factors that had a negative or positive impact on their current levels of sexual self-esteem. Analysis of the interviews using Critical Incident Technique identified 301 incidents of which 131 facilitated and 170 hindered sexual self-esteem. The incidents were sorted into 31 categories (14 facilitating, 17 hindering) which in turn yielded six emergent themes that characterized sexual self-esteem in relation to: husbands, boyfriends, and other males; women's bodies; self- empowerment; damaging experiences and learning; interference of life stressors and sexual scripting; and the topic of sex and engagement in sexual activity. The findings indicate that women's sexual self- esteem is impacted by many bio-psychosocial factors that should be approached holistically in counselling, therapy and education. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • Author Affiliations:
      1Department of Counselling Psychology, Trinity Western University, Langley BC
      2Department of Psychology, Trinity Western University, Langley BC
    • ISSN:
      1188-4517
    • Accession Number:
      47878339
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      HEINRICHS, K. D. et al. Factors affecting sexual-self esteem among young adult women in long-term heterosexual relationships. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, [s. l.], v. 18, n. 4, p. 183–199, 2009. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=a9h&AN=47878339&custid=s6224580. Acesso em: 29 mar. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Heinrichs KD, MacKnee C, Auton-Cuff F, Domene JF. Factors affecting sexual-self esteem among young adult women in long-term heterosexual relationships. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality. 2009;18(4):183-199. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=a9h&AN=47878339&custid=s6224580. Accessed March 29, 2020.
    • APA:
      Heinrichs, K. D., MacKnee, C., Auton-Cuff, F., & Domene, J. F. (2009). Factors affecting sexual-self esteem among young adult women in long-term heterosexual relationships. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 18(4), 183–199.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Heinrichs, Kristelle D., Chuck MacKnee, Faith Auton-Cuff, and José F. Domene. 2009. “Factors Affecting Sexual-Self Esteem among Young Adult Women in Long-Term Heterosexual Relationships.” Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality 18 (4): 183–99. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=a9h&AN=47878339&custid=s6224580.
    • Harvard:
      Heinrichs, K. D. et al. (2009) ‘Factors affecting sexual-self esteem among young adult women in long-term heterosexual relationships’, Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 18(4), pp. 183–199. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=a9h&AN=47878339&custid=s6224580 (Accessed: 29 March 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Heinrichs, KD, MacKnee, C, Auton-Cuff, F & Domene, JF 2009, ‘Factors affecting sexual-self esteem among young adult women in long-term heterosexual relationships’, Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 183–199, viewed 29 March 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Heinrichs, Kristelle D., et al. “Factors Affecting Sexual-Self Esteem among Young Adult Women in Long-Term Heterosexual Relationships.” Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, vol. 18, no. 4, Dec. 2009, pp. 183–199. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=a9h&AN=47878339&custid=s6224580.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Heinrichs, Kristelle D., Chuck MacKnee, Faith Auton-Cuff, and José F. Domene. “Factors Affecting Sexual-Self Esteem among Young Adult Women in Long-Term Heterosexual Relationships.” Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality 18, no. 4 (December 2009): 183–99. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=a9h&AN=47878339&custid=s6224580.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Heinrichs KD, MacKnee C, Auton-Cuff F, Domene JF. Factors affecting sexual-self esteem among young adult women in long-term heterosexual relationships. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality [Internet]. 2009 Dec [cited 2020 Mar 29];18(4):183–99. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=a9h&AN=47878339&custid=s6224580