Cognitive distraction and women's sexual functioning : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)
Past research on the role of cognitive distraction in sexual dysfunction has typically focused on males and has been conducted in the laboratory using artificial stimuli. In the current study, young adult women (N = 74), with coital experience completed questionnaires regarding cognitive distraction and their sexuality. Those women who reported greater cognitive distraction during sexual activity with a partner also reported lower sexual esteem, less sexual satisfaction, less consistent orgasms, and higher incidence of pretending orgasm even after the women's general affect, sexual desire, general self focus, general sexual attitudes, and body dissatisfaction were statistically controlled. Results are discussed with regard to directions for future research and implications for sex therapy.