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French Validation of the New Sexual Satisfaction Scale Short Form (NSSS-SF Fr)
by Brice Gouvernet
Sexes 2024, 5(1), 31-45; https://doi.org/10.3390/sexes5010003 - 28 Feb 2024
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This study addresses the critical need for French-language tools in assessing sexual satisfaction, an important aspect of global health, sexual health, and mental health. Its main aim is to validate the French version of the NSSS-SF scale (NSSS-SF Fr, Fr for French). The [...] Read more.
This study addresses the critical need for French-language tools in assessing sexual satisfaction, an important aspect of global health, sexual health, and mental health. Its main aim is to validate the French version of the NSSS-SF scale (NSSS-SF Fr, Fr for French). The research was conducted in two phases. The first study involved 253 participants, predominantly female (77.75%), with a focus on examining the tool’s psychometric properties (factorial structure, internal consistency, convergent validity). The second study included 855 participants, with a similar gender distribution, aimed at further validation and analysis, studying links between NSSS-SF Fr and anxiety and depressive symptoms (assessed with GAD7 and MDI), and attachment style (ECR-RS). The NSSS-SF Fr demonstrated robust psychometric properties. Key findings included its strong correlation with sexual health indicators, anxiety, depression, and attachment styles confirming its effectiveness as a reliable tool for evaluating sexual satisfaction in French-speaking populations. Comparisons with international studies highlighted its universal applicability and cultural sensitivity. The NSSS-SF French version stands as a critical tool for future research and clinical practice, bridging a vital gap in the assessment of sexual satisfaction among French-speaking individuals. Full article
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“Just lmk When You Want to Have Sex”: An Exploratory–Descriptive Qualitative Analysis of Sexting in Emerging Adult Couples
by Erika Montanaro, Jasmine Temple, Mia Ersoff, Bridget Jules, Mariam Jaliawala, Dara Kinkopf, Samantha Webb and Jessamyn Moxie
Sexes 2024, 5(1), 9-30; https://doi.org/10.3390/sexes5010002 - 01 Feb 2024
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Background: An essential component of new relationship development is sexual communication between partners. The rise of technology has allowed couples to use text messaging to facilitate these conversations. The current study examines how emerging adults (18–25 years) in new relationships communicate about sex [...] Read more.
Background: An essential component of new relationship development is sexual communication between partners. The rise of technology has allowed couples to use text messaging to facilitate these conversations. The current study examines how emerging adults (18–25 years) in new relationships communicate about sex through text messages. Methods: We conducted inductive thematic analyses of text messages between different-gender couples in the first six months of their relationship (20 couples, N = 40) in which the women were between 18 and 25 years of age. We used the Dedoose qualitative analysis software and a coding team of 16 coders. Reliability was established through the “test” function of Dedoose, with codes of Kappas less than 0.70 discussed and refined in the codebook. Results: Primary themes of how couples communicate about sex emerged, which included the use of humor, discussing previous sexual experiences and partners, and sharing interests around future sexual encounters. During thematic analyses, secondary themes of motivations for sexual communication emerged, including learning, bonding, and enhancement. Conclusions: Addressing the varied motivations emerging adult couples may use in text messages can be leveraged for improving sexual health. Theories related to relationship development may not fully capture how couples discuss sex, particularly via text messages. Full article
(This article belongs to the Section Sexual Behavior and Attitudes)
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“You Shall Make Lake Victoria, and Become a Goddess of Love”: A Case Report about Traditional Female Ejaculation Techniques in Kenya
by Fiorenza Pesce, Elena Colonnello, Andrea Sansone, Elisa Maseroli, Linda Vignozzi, Susanna Dolci and Emmanuele A. Jannini
Sexes 2024, 5(1), 1-8; https://doi.org/10.3390/sexes5010001 - 15 Jan 2024
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Kunyaza is a traditional sexual technique reported in some regions of Central Africa that aims to trigger peri-orgasmic fluid production. A personal narrative experience of a 29-year-old unmarried woman from Kenya suggested that this particular technique may have also been practiced in Kenya [...] Read more.
Kunyaza is a traditional sexual technique reported in some regions of Central Africa that aims to trigger peri-orgasmic fluid production. A personal narrative experience of a 29-year-old unmarried woman from Kenya suggested that this particular technique may have also been practiced in Kenya for a long time. Indeed, an oral tradition about “how to make Lake Victoria”, a peculiar local expression used to indicate peri-orgasmic fluid production, is reported here. This tradition is transmitted from grandmothers to granddaughters and concerns not only fluid emission but also teachings on personal hygiene, sexual interactions with a partner, and, interestingly, the importance of the woman’s sexual pleasure. In this narrative case report, we compared anecdotes and personal experiences with literature evidence about herbal medicine and traditional practices, suggesting the presence of a particularly woman-centered sexual culture in some more sex-positive ethnic groups in Kenya. Full article
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