Social determinants of sexual satisfaction in Spain considered from the gender perspective

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Title: Social determinants of sexual satisfaction in Spain considered from the gender perspective
Authors: Castellanos Torres, Esther | Álvarez-Dardet, Carlos | Ruiz Muñoz, Dolores | Pérez, Glòria
Research Group/s: Salud Pública
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Enfermería Comunitaria, Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública e Historia de la Ciencia
Keywords: Sexuality | Satisfaction | Health status | Gender relations | Gender issues | Gender role | Social class
Knowledge Area: Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública
Issue Date: Mar-2013
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Annals of Epidemiology. 2013, 23(3): 150-156. doi:10.1016/j.annepidem.2012.12.010
Abstract: Aims: To describe gender- and social class-related inequalities in sexual satisfaction and analyze their relationship with self-perceived health status. Methods: This population-based, cross-sectional study included 7384 sexually active people aged 16 years and over residing in Spain in 2009 (3951 men and 3433 women). The explanatory variables were gender, age, social class, share in performing domestic tasks, spend time looking after oneself, collaborate economically in supporting the family, caring for children, self-perceived health status, and the desire to increase or decrease frequency of having sexual relations. Bivariate and multivariate logistic regression models were fitted. Results: Among women, sexual satisfaction declines progressively after age 45. Sexual satisfaction is 1.7 times higher among women who look after themselves and who feel good compared with those who do not. The odds of wanting to increase sex is 3.3 times higher for women who are satisfied compared with women who desire a lower frequency of sexual intercourses; and good perceived health was associated with sexual satisfaction. In satisfied men, the corresponding odds is 1.9 times that of men desiring to reduce their frequency of sex. Conclusions: Gender and social class inequalities are found in sexual satisfaction. This is associated with perceived health status, adding evidence in support of the World Health Organization definition of sexual health.
Sponsor: Supported by a contract of consultation and technical assistance for the exploitation of data from the 2009 SNSHS, Ministry of Health, Social Policy and Equality (Women’s Health Observatory) and CIBERESP (2010).
ISSN: 1047-2797 (Print) | 1873-2585 (Online)
DOI: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2012.12.010
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer Review: si
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