Journal of Sexual Health Psychology
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Journal of Sexual Health Psychology, Volume 1, pp 30-38; https://doi.org/10.52547/jshp.1.2.30
Purpose: One of the strategies for treating gender dysphoria is cross-sex hormone therapy (CHT). Our study aimed to explore the differences in the psychopathology of people with gender dysphoria who received the hormone with those who did not this treatment. We also wanted to explore discrimination and rejection among people with gender dysphoria.Methods: We administered a demographic questionnaire and the structured clinical interview for DSM Axis I disorders (SCID_I) to all participants. Our study sample consisted of 41 people with gender dysphoria (20 MtF and 21 FtM), of whom 21 received Cross-sex hormone therapy (CHT) and 20 did not.Results: Results indicated that they were on CHT had lower psychological problems than those who did not receive hormone therapy. CHT was influenced by gender dysphoria’s psychological health. On the other hand, gender dysphoria that doesn’t receive CHT, had further depression, anxiety, obsession-compulsion, and in general Axis-I disorders. We also found that male-to-female people with gender dysphoria were more likely to suffer from discrimination and rejection.Conclusions: We concluded that CHT could affect the mental health of people with gender dysphoria. Our knowledge of the role of discrimination, ridicule and rejection on the psychological pathology of people with gender dysphoria can help specialists to find the best treatment for these people.
Journal of Sexual Health Psychology, Volume 1, pp 39-46; https://doi.org/10.52547/jshp.1.2.39
Purpose: Due to the Corona virus pandemic in 2019, all around the world people had to spend a long time in quarantine. The effect of this life style on the sexual behaviors of couples is an important issue that needs further investigation. The present study mainly aimed to investigate the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak on the sexual behaviors of married couples.Methods: In total, 740 participants completed questionnaires through different online social platforms. The participants were married men and women over 18 years old. The required data were obtained from the sexual behaviors of couple’s questionnaire (Iranian version), Kansas Marital Satisfaction Scale, and demographic variables questionnaire.Results: Data analysis revealed that 56.1% and 49.7% of the participants experienced no changes in their sexual and desire sexual frequency, respectively. According to multiple regression analysis, it was found that satisfaction with the partner, satisfaction with marriage, economic status, emotional relationship, tobacco use, psychiatric disorders have significant relationships with sexual frequency in couples.Conclusions: According to the results, it can be concluded that there were no significant differences in sexual desire, frequency, pleasure and request in married couples during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Journal of Sexual Health Psychology, Volume 1, pp 47-54; https://doi.org/10.52547/jshp.1.2.47
Purpose: Sexual desire (SD) refers to individual differences in the internal force which determines sexual functions. This study investigated the relationship between openness to experience and intelligence with SD. The role of weight and age in moderating the relation between openness and intelligence with SD was also examined.Methods: A total of 168 participants were collected using grab sampling from 3 universities in Tehran, Iran (n=168; age range: 18 to 35; Mean = 23; Standard Deviation = 3.58). All participants completed measures of intelligence (Raven's Progressive Matrices), Openness to experience (measured through the NEO), and sexual desire (Hurlbert Index of SD).Results: The data of the study were analyzed by using Pearson's correlation coefficient and regression. The results found no significant relationship between openness to experience and intelligence with SD. Moreover, sex and weight did not moderate the relationship between openness and intelligence with SD. Findings from the current study provide empirical support for the consistent link between intelligence and SD at older ages. There is also a curvilinear relationship between weight and SD.Conclusions: These findings suggest that intelligence or openness would not have an influence on SD, and only age plays a role in moderating the association between intelligence and SD.
Journal of Sexual Health Psychology, Volume 1, pp 11-29; https://doi.org/10.52547/jshp.1.1.11
Purpose: Currently, men have two choices for contraception: the male condom and vasectomy. Male condoms have limited user efficacy, and vasectomies are not easily reversible. To supplement vasectomy and condom use, the World Health Organization has backed the urgent development of male-directed contraception (MDC). Using the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB), this study was guided by the following aims: (1) describe college men’s attitudes, subjective norms, and perceived behavioral control towards male birth control methods and (2) determine if the following factors are associated with intention to use MDC methods: masculinity, attitudes, subjective norms, and perceived behavior control.Methods: This study used a cross-sectional design. Data were collected online, via email, from male college students at one Midwestern University.Results: Attitudes, subjective norms, and perceived behavioral control were statistically significant predictors of intention to use a male hormonal pill, transdermal gel, and hormonal injection. Attitudes and subjective norms were also found to be associated with intention to use a male birth control implant.Conclusions: These results suggest the TPB may be a suitable theory for further investigation into the intended use of MDC. Attitudes and subjective norms accounted for the most variability in intention to use MDC. Future research should therefore investigate specific attitudes and subjective norms that influence the intention to use developmental methods of MDC. Future research should also consider additional theoretical models, such as the Health Belief Model, to continue investigating intention to use developmental methods of MDC.
Journal of Sexual Health Psychology, Volume 1, pp 1-10; https://doi.org/10.52547/jshp.1.1.1
LGBT+ individuals still experience systemic, cultural, and personal discrimination in modern society, the impacts of which may impact not only on their mental wellbeing, but also their interpersonal functioning. Within LGBT+ men Chemsex is becoming of increasing interest in the literature. Current research into Chemsex explores the engagement through an epidemiological lens, exploring factors related to likelihood of engaging in Chemsex. Seldom however, outside of standard treatment protocols for addiction, has literature been submitted with recommendations on how best to support the needs of these individuals who are seeking support for their Chemsex use. Standard drug treatments may be lacking in understanding the unique phenomenology of LGBT+ men, resultant of the discrimination they may face within society, their homes, with their peers or other relationships. The purpose of this paper is to examine how the experiences of LGBT+ men may impact on their psychological wellbeing through insecure attachments and subsequent mentalising capabilities. Based on the current evidence base with regards to attachment and mentalisation within LGBT+ men, it is being proposed that Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT) may be an effective treatment model for LGBT+ men who view their Chemsex use as problematic.