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Sexual Satisfaction and Mental Health in Prison Inmates

Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology, University of Salamanca, Salamanca 37005, Spain
Department of Human Development and Family Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC 27402, USA
Department of Education, University of Cantabria, Santander 39005, Spain
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J. Clin. Med. 2019, 8(5), 705;
Received: 30 April 2019 / Revised: 12 May 2019 / Accepted: 14 May 2019 / Published: 17 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Novel Research in Sexuality and Mental Health)
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The main goal of this study was to investigate the association between sexual satisfaction and mental health, and the combined effect of two previously found, statistically significant moderators: partner status and sexual abstinence. In-person interviews were conducted with 223 participants (49.327% males and 50.673% females). The effect of sexual satisfaction on mental health and the interactions of sexual satisfaction × partner status, sexual satisfaction × sexual abstinence, and sexual satisfaction × partner status × sexual abstinence were examined using simple moderation and moderated moderation tests after controlling for a set of sociodemographic, penitentiary, and interpersonal variables. Results revealed a direct relationship between sexual satisfaction and mental health only for the sexually abstinent group. Partner status was not significant as a moderator. It seems that the lack of sexual relationships is more powerful as a moderator than the lack of a romantic relationship. Additionally, the sexually abstinent group showed lower levels of sexual satisfaction in those with a partner outside or inside prison, and lower mental health independently of the current romantic status, than sexually active inmates. These findings point to the importance of sexual satisfaction to mental health in sexual situations of extreme disadvantage. View Full-Text
Keywords: sexual satisfaction; sexual abstinence; partner status; mental health; prison inmates sexual satisfaction; sexual abstinence; partner status; mental health; prison inmates

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Carcedo, R.J.; Perlman, D.; Fernández-Rouco, N.; Pérez, F.; Hervalejo, D. Sexual Satisfaction and Mental Health in Prison Inmates. J. Clin. Med. 2019, 8, 705.

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