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UT Sex Researchers Identify Correlation Between Sexual Motives and Satisfaction

Posted: January 1, 2009

Sexual satisfaction in both males and females is often related to motives for having sex, UT researchers have found.

Psychology graduate student Kyle Stephenson is leading the analysis of data collected for several years through 2008 from nearly 1,000 UT undergraduates in psychology professor Cindy Meston’s Sexual Psychophysiology Laboratory. In addition to studying satisfaction, the lab also examines various other aspects of sex, including arousal and dysfunction.

“There were some interesting gender similarities,” Stephenson said. “Self-esteem motives — for example, if people have sex to feel better about themselves — were associated with decreased satisfaction in both men and women.”

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