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Association between Sexual Satisfaction and Depression and Anxiety in Adolescents and Young Adults

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Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology, University of Salamanca, 37005 Salamanca, Spain
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Department of Education, University of Cantabria, 39005 Santander, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(3), 841; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17030841
Received: 11 December 2019 / Revised: 17 January 2020 / Accepted: 27 January 2020 / Published: 29 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mental Health and Well-Being in Adolescence: Environment and Behavior)
The role of sexual satisfaction in adolescents and young adults’ mental health has not been thoroughly investigated. The aim of this work is to study differences in sexual satisfaction and mental health (anxiety and depression) based on romantic relationship status (having a partner vs. not having one) and gender. Likewise, the association between sexual satisfaction and mental health and the moderating effect of romantic relationship status and gender was addressed in this research. A total of 1682 Spanish adolescents (14–17) and young adults (18–29) agreed to participate in this cross-sectional investigation. Two-factor ANOVA and MANOVA, and hierarchical regression models were utilized in this study. In general, results showed more difficulties in sexual satisfaction and mental health for those not in a current relationship and for women. Additionally, higher levels of sexual satisfaction was associated with lower levels of anxiety for adolescents and lower levels of depression for young adults. These associations were stronger for those in a current relationship. This study highlights the importance of sexual satisfaction as a modifying factor against mental health problems, especially in the context of a current romantic relationship. View Full-Text
Keywords: sexual satisfaction; mental health; romantic relationships; adolescents; young adults sexual satisfaction; mental health; romantic relationships; adolescents; young adults
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Carcedo, R.J.; Fernández-Rouco, N.; Fernández-Fuertes, A.A.; Martínez-Álvarez, J.L. Association between Sexual Satisfaction and Depression and Anxiety in Adolescents and Young Adults. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 841. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17030841

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Carcedo RJ, Fernández-Rouco N, Fernández-Fuertes AA, Martínez-Álvarez JL. Association between Sexual Satisfaction and Depression and Anxiety in Adolescents and Young Adults. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(3):841. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17030841

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Carcedo, Rodrigo J.; Fernández-Rouco, Noelia; Fernández-Fuertes, Andrés A.; Martínez-Álvarez, José L. 2020. "Association between Sexual Satisfaction and Depression and Anxiety in Adolescents and Young Adults" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, no. 3: 841. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17030841

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