Accepted Paper:

Self-rated sexual attractiveness, sexual satisfaction and psychological distress: evidence from a Chinese urban community household survey  


Qianlai Luo (Harvard University )

Paper long abstract:

Sexual satisfaction and psychological distress are two important but understudied topics in China. We hypothesized that sexual satisfaction and psychological distress are related to self-rated sexual attractiveness, but in different ways: on the one hand, greater self-rated sexual attractiveness is associated with greater sexual satisfaction; on the other hand, regarding one’s body image-oriented features as the primary basis of one’s sexual attractiveness is associated with higher psychological distress. We will investigate these hypothesized relationships using a cross-sectional household survey conducted in Liuzhou city in southern China. We will run a series of regressions to study these associations. Variables such as age, gender, income, education, partner’s care, relationship status, Body Mass Index will be included in the analysis. Our study results will highlight the health impact of self-rated sexual attractiveness. Awareness of how perceptions of one’s sex

ual attractiveness relate to sexual wellbeing and psychological health will present additional options for improving quality of life.

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Gender and unfinished modernity project: 19th century reforms and 21st century reflections (Commission on Anthropology of Women)