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Function of media usage on body image, sexual assertiveness, and sexual satisfaction

23 July 2013


Media is largely consumed and previous research has indicated it can be influential. Research has illustrated that media is inundated with images of the cultural standard of beauty to be thin and scenes of sexuality. Poor body image has been connected to media exposure and low sexual satisfaction. Sexual satisfaction was related to sexual self-disclosure and communication. This study was an exploratory examination to look at the relationship between media utilization, body image, sexual satisfaction, and sexual assertiveness. Participants were volunteers and included 84 women, ages 21-66, who took an online survey. The results of the present study found relationships between body image, sexual satisfaction, and sexual assertiveness. Media related results included consumption of reality television, TV talk shows, fashion magazines, and sports magazines. Results corresponded with previous findings in the field.


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