Adults that experience sexual shame: Effects on self-esteem and sexual satisfaction

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Day, Orla
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Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The aim of the present study was to investigate sexual shame and the effects it has on self-esteem and sexual satisfaction. Furthermore, help recognise a definition for sexual shame while identifying themes that may contribute to experiencing sexual shame. The study used a mixed method approach. Quantitative section used a cross-sectional design by using an online survey using questionnaires; The Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, The Kyle Inventory Sexual Shame Scale and The Sexual Satisfaction Scale. From the 92 participants that took part in the study, 25 males and 67 females, aged between 22 and 42 years. Results found a significant relationship between both hypotheses presented in the current study. Also, significant results were found between age and self-esteem, and between gender and sexual satisfaction. The results showed that older participants had higher self-esteem and females had lower sexual satisfaction then males. Qualitative section used thematic analysis, discovering many themes following Braun & Clarke’s six step approach.