Anxiety, Dispositional Mindfulness, and Sexual Desire in Men Consulting in Clinical Sexology: A Mediational Model

J Sex Marital Ther. 2018;44(5):513-520. doi: 10.1080/0092623X.2017.1405308. Epub 2018 Feb 12.


This study aimed to examine dispositional mindfulness as a mediator of the relationship between anxiety and sexual desire in men consulting in clinical sexology. A sample of 105 adult men seeking sex therapy completed measures of dispositional mindfulness, anxiety, and sexual desire. Close to a third (28.7%) of participants reported lack or absence of sexual desire as their main reason to consult in sex therapy. Path analysis confirmed a mediation model and revealed that the association between anxiety and lower sexual desire was fully mediated by dispositional mindfulness. These findings suggest that mindfulness-based interventions may be a relevant component to integrate in the treatment of men who present anxiety symptoms and low sexual desire.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anxiety / complications
  • Anxiety / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Libido*
  • Male
  • Mindfulness / methods*
  • Personality
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / complications
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / therapy*