Sex research among women

  • Auteur(s):
    Ellen Laan, Marieke Dewitte
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Three research papers that were published in the Tijdschrift voor Seksuologie between 1980 and 1990 were explored in terms of their relevance for current theory and research about female sexuality. In retrospect these 3 papers reflected, each in their own way, the beginning of a paradigm-shift in the area of female sexuality. For the most part, the drive model is abandoned and replaced by theory development about the intrinsic incentive-value of sexual stimuli for the activation of sexual response. In addition, female sexuality is increasingly studied from a biopsychosocial perspective, in which biological processes are no longer regarded solely as determinants of sexual responses, but are themselves influenced by cognitive-emotional, relational, and contextual factors.

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