Thoughts about Sexual Difficulties and Related Anxiety Among a Predominantly Female Sample of Adolescents

Ellen Saliares, J. Michael Wilkerson, Renee E Sieving, Sonya S Brady

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This qualitative data analysis examined adolescents’ thoughts and feelings about difficulties that can emerge during sexual experiences. The sample consisted of 53 sexually experienced, ethnically diverse, predominantly female, nonpregnant adolescents participating in a web-based sexual health intervention. As part of a message board discussion, adolescents described anxiety-enhancing attitudes and beliefs (e.g., men should be skilled sexually, women should express satisfaction even if they do not feel it). Several adolescents advocated for condom use despite potential difficulties when attempting to use them. Health professionals should equip adolescents with skills to communicate with partners about sexual difficulties and cope with related anxiety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)504-531
Number of pages28
JournalAmerican Journal of Sexuality Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Ellen Saliares is now Director of Sexuality Education at Annex Teen Clinic, Robbinsdale, MN. This work was supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, Division of AIDS (R34 MH086320 to S.S.B.) and a University of Minnesota Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship to S.S.B. The authors gratefully acknowledge the support and contributions of our clinic and school partners; The Annex Teen Clinic; our Program Officer Willo Pequegnat, PhD; videographer Paul Bernhardt, BA; Fuzzy Duck Design and Jared Law, Lead Web Designer & Developer; and the following staff and students within the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the time of study implementation: Amy J. Kodet, MPP; Vienna D. Rothberg, MSW, MPH; Meredith Schonfeld Hicks, MPH; Magdalena Osorio, BA; Ramatoulie Jallow, MPH; Cherese Alcorn, BS; Lee McKenna, BS; Jeffrey Johnson, BS; Douglas Lier, BS; and Gudrun Kilian, BA.

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  • Adolescence
  • partner communication
  • qualitative research
  • sexual anxiety
  • sexual dysfunction


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