In the master's thesis, we investigated the relationship between women's sexual function and some significant interpersonal aspects, particularly the presence of anxiety and avoidance in intimate relationships, dyadic sexual communication, and respect between partners. Therefore, we presented the main conceptual framework of the phenomena under study in the theoretical section before presenting the quantitative research in the empirical section.
The study included 205 sexually active women between the ages of 18 and 59 who were currently or have ever been in a serious heterosexual relationship. For the research, which was conducted using the 1ka Arnes web portal, a combination of 4 questionnaires were used: The Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI), The Experiences in Close Relationships – Revised (ECR-R), Dyadic Sexual Communication Scale (DSCS) and Respect Toward Parnter Scale (RTPS). The IBM SPSS Statistics program was used to conduct the statistical analysis.
The findings demonstrate that the various aspects of a woman's sexual function significantly positively correlate not only with one another but also with the investigated interpersonal factors. We found that better dyadic sexual communication, less anxiety and avoidance in intimate relationships, and higher levels of respect between partners are all related to better sexual function in women. No distinguishable differences in sexual function between women of different ages or in terms of the duration of their relationships have been discovered by our research; however, there is a difference in the experience of orgasm between two educational groups. Additionally, we found that when women experience less anxiety and avoidance in their intimate relationships, they rate dyadic sexual communication as more effective and rate respect between partners higher. The findings provide critical information for understanding female sexual function from a biopsychosocial perspective even though they cannot be generalized to the general population.