An interesting study out of Johns Hopkins takes a look at the link between psychological/social development and sexual pleasure. The study found that young men and women who are psychologically healthier — people with higher self-esteem, autonomy and empathy — consistently took greater pleasure in sex.
So if you have a healthy enjoyment of sex, thank your parents (or whoever raised you) for doing a good job giving you a bit of self-esteem, independence, and empathy.
Here’s the full article:
Sexual pleasure among young adults (ages 18-26) is linked to healthy psychological and social development, according to a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The study is the first to use a representative population sample of heterosexuals to find a relationship between key developmental assets and sexual pleasure. The findings are published in the June 2011 issue of The Journal of Adolescent Health.
The research study examined data from 3,237 respondents ages 18 to 26 from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, Wave III: 2001-2002. “Sexual health is more than the absence of sexually-transmitted infection, unintended pregnancy, violence or other problems. It is the presence of sexual well-being,” said Adena Galinsky, PhD, co-author of the study and a doctoral student with Bloomberg School’s Center for Adolescent Health. Galinsky, currently a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Chicago, conducted the study along with Freya Sonenstein, PhD, professor and director of the Center for Adolescent Health. Continue reading