Modeling mid-aged women's sexual functioning: a prospective, population-based study

J Sex Marital Ther. May-Jun 2004;30(3):173-83. doi: 10.1080/00926230490262375.


This article uses a prospectively, annually collected sexuality questionnaire from an 8-year study of 340 mid-aged Melbourne women. We modeled the interactions of sexuality domains, the effect of prior level of sexual functioning, and the effects of change in partner-related factors. We found that we were unable to separate items denoting sexual interest from those denoting responsiveness. Using the statistical technique of auto-correlation, we determined that the most important predictor of female sexual functioning is prior level of sexual functioning. Partner-related factors (change in partner status and feelings for partner) also had significant effects.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Aging / physiology
  • Aging / psychology
  • Attitude to Health
  • Coitus / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Libido*
  • Middle Aged
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Prospective Studies
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Victoria
  • Women's Health*