Carey Pulverman receives Prize Essay Award
Posted: December 7, 2012
"Linguistic Changes Predict Increased Sexual Satisfaction"
Clinical psychology graduate student Carey Pulverman has received the Prize Essay Award from the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH).
Working in the Female Sexual Psychophysiology Lab, Carey examined an expressive writing treatment for female survivors of childhood sexual abuse experiencing adult sexual dysfunction. Experiencing sexual abuse in childhood is a major risk factor for sexual dysfunction in adulthood. The treatment was shown to reduce depressive symptoms and improve sexual satisfaction. Additionally, changes in certain categories of word use in the women’s essays from pre to post-treatment predicted concurrent changes in depression and sexual satisfaction.
Carey will present these findings at the upcoming ISSWSH conference in February in New Orleans.