Clinical Edge

Summaries of Must-Read Clinical Literature, Guidelines, and FDA Actions

Classifying Women’s Nonconsensual Sex Experiences

J Sex Res; ePub 2017 Sep 21; Kilimnik, Meston

Various indicators of sexuality contributed differentially to the overall sexual well-being across groups of women in a recent study on women and nonconsensual sexual experiences (NSEs). Online measures of sexual self-schemas, sexual response, and sexual functioning were administered to 797 women with and without NSE histories. Women were grouped based on when their NSEs first occurred in reference to their age of menarche and age of their first consensual sexual experience (ie, premenarche onset, postmenarche preconsensual onset, postconsensual onset, and no NSEs). Researchers found:

  • Women with NSE onset postmenarche, but before their first consensual sexual experience, reported significantly more conservative-embarrassed sexual self-schemas than did women with no NSEs.
  • Women with NSE onset postmenarche and post–first consensual sex had significantly less sexual satisfaction than did women with no NSE histories.
  • The other groups did not significantly differ from each other.
  • These results support the use of the developmentally informed approach to classifying NSEs when assessing female sexual well-being.

Kilimnik CD, Meston CM. A developmentally relevant approach to classifying nonconsensual sexual experiences in the study of women’s sexual well-being. [Published online ahead of print September 21, 2017]. J Sex Res. doi:10.1080/00224499.2017.1366969.

This Week's Must Reads

Early Exposure to Pornography Use Examined, J Sex Res; ePub 2017 Oct 3; Willoughby, et al

Video Game Play Anxiety Differs by Gender, J Affect Disord; ePub 2017 Oct 2; Ohannessian

Veterans’ Alcohol Use, Mental Health Evaluated, Psychiatry Res; ePub 2017 Sep 26; Calhoun, et al

Social Support Post-Sexual Assault Proves Helpful, Depress Anxiety; ePub 2017 Sep 28; Dworkin, et al

E-Cigarettes and Conventional Smoking Evaluated, Addiction; ePub 2017 Sep 25; Selya, Rose, et al

Must Reads in Mixed Topics

Classifying Women’s Nonconsensual Sex Experiences, J Sex Res; ePub 2017 Sep 21; Kilimnik, Meston

Soldiers’ Suicide Attempts, Family Violence Linked , Psychiatry Res; ePub 2017 Sep 20; Ursano, et al

Examining Impulsivity’s Link to Sexual Risk-Taking , J Sex Res; ePub 2017 Aug 10; Lawyer, Mahoney

Serial Infidelity Across Subsequent Relationships, Arch Sex Behav; ePub 2017 Aug 7; Knopp, et al

Emerging Adults’ Perspectives on Infidelity, J Sex Res; ePub 2017 Jul 17; Norona, et al