Social phobia and sexual problems: A comparison of social phobic, sexually dysfunctional and normal individuals
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
2010 The British Psychological Society
British Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 49, Issue 1, pages 53–66, March 2010
How to Cite
Munoz, V. and Stravynski, A. (2010), Social phobia and sexual problems: A comparison of social phobic, sexually dysfunctional and normal individuals. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 49: 53–66. doi: 10.1348/014466509X436697
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Received 15 May 2008; revised version received 9 March 2009
Objectives. This study sought to test the putative link between social phobia and sexual functioning.
Methods. Three groups consisting of 106 social phobic, 164 sexually dysfunctional and 111 normal participants were assessed in terms of sexual functioning, social anxiety, social functioning and general psychopathology.
Results. Although social phobic men were less sexually active than normal men, they were as sexually satisfied. Social phobic women were alike their normal counterparts in all respects.
Conclusions. Overall, social phobic individuals were not more prone to report sexual problems than normal individuals despite reporting the severest levels of social anxiety. Theoretically, our results are best understood as supporting an interpersonal conception of social phobia and a related socio-cultural perspective regarding sexual roles.