Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 165–177 | Cite as

Attitudinal and experiential correlates of anorgasmia

  • Mary Pat Kelly
  • Donald S. Strassberg
  • John R. Kircher


Twenty-four orgasmic and 10 anorgasmic women, ages 21–40, provided continuous self-report measures of sexual arousal while viewing explicit videotape segments depicting a variety of sexual activities. They also completed several questionnaires designed to assess sexual attitudes, knowledge, and guilt. As compared to the orgasmic women, the anorgasmic women reported (i) greater discomfort in communicating with a partner regarding only those sexual activities involving direct clitoral stimulation, (ii) more negative attitudes toward masturbation, (iii) greater endorsement of sex myths, and (iv) greater sex guilt. Contrary to expectations, the groups failed to differ significantly on either the frequency of use of any of the sexual activities depicted or on arousal to viewing these activities. The theoretical and clinical implications of these findings are explored.

Key words

female orgasmic dysfunction female sexuality sexual dysfunction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary Pat Kelly
    • 1
  • Donald S. Strassberg
    • 1
  • John R. Kircher
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA
  2. 2.Department of Educational PsychologyUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA

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