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Psychophysiological sexual arousal in women with a history of child sexual abuse.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16234222     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
On the basis of literature that suggests that child sexual abuse (CSA) survivors with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have higher baseline sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activity than healthy controls and research that suggests that the SNS plays a critical role in female physiological sexual arousal, we examined the impact of SNS activation through intense exercise on sexual arousal in women with CSA and PTSD. We measured physiological and subjective sexual arousal in women with CSA (n = 8), women with CSA and PTSD (n = 10), and healthy controls (n = 10) during exposure to nonerotic and erotic videos. After exercise, women with CSA and women with CSA and PTSD showed no significant differences in the physiological sexual response compared with no exercise, which was different from the increased physiological sexual response after exercise observed in control women.
Authors:
Alessandra H Rellini; Cindy M Meston
Publication Detail:
Type:  Controlled Clinical Trial; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of sex & marital therapy     Volume:  32     ISSN:  0092-623X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Sex Marital Ther     Publication Date:    2006 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-10-19     Completed Date:  2006-04-04     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7502387     Medline TA:  J Sex Marital Ther     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  5-22     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin, 78712, USA. arellini@mail.utexas.edu
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Arousal*
Child
Child Abuse, Sexual / psychology*
Female
Humans
Middle Aged
Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / etiology*,  physiopathology,  psychology
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / complications*,  psychology
Survivors
Sympathetic Nervous System / physiopathology
Vagina / blood supply

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