Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 143–159

A Cross-National Study of Subjective Sexual Well-Being Among Older Women and Men: Findings From the Global Study of Sexual Attitudes and Behaviors

  • Edward O. Laumann
  • Anthony Paik
  • Dale B. Glasser
  • Jeong-Han Kang
  • Tianfu Wang
  • Bernard Levinson
  • Edson D. MoreiraJr
  • Alfredo Nicolosi
  • Clive Gingell
Article

Subjective sexual well-being refers to the cognitive and emotional evaluation of an individual's sexuality. This study examined subjective sexual well-being, explored its various aspects, examined predictors across different cultures, and investigated its possible associations with overall happiness and selected correlates, including sexual dysfunction. Data were drawn from the Global Study of Sexual Attitudes and Behaviors, a survey of 27,500 men and women aged 40–80 years in 29 countries. The cross-national variation of four aspects of sexual well-being (the emotional and physical satisfaction of sexual relationships, satisfaction with sexual health or function, and the importance of sex in one's life) was explored using cluster analysis, and relationships among sexual well-being, general happiness, and various correlates were examined using ordinary least squares regression and ordered logistic regression. Results from the cluster analysis identified three clusters: a gender-equal regime and two male-centered regimes. Despite this cultural variation, the predictors of subjective sexual well-being were found to be largely consistent across world regions.

Key Words

subjective well-being sexual function happiness gender roles cross-national 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward O. Laumann
    • 1
    • 10
  • Anthony Paik
    • 2
  • Dale B. Glasser
    • 3
  • Jeong-Han Kang
    • 1
  • Tianfu Wang
    • 4
  • Bernard Levinson
    • 5
  • Edson D. MoreiraJr
    • 6
  • Alfredo Nicolosi
    • 7
    • 8
  • Clive Gingell
    • 9
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA
  3. 3.Pfizer Inc.New YorkUSA
  4. 4.Department of SociologyTsinghua UniversityBeijingPeople's Republic of China
  5. 5.Private PracticeJohannesburgSouth Africa
  6. 6.Unit of Epidemiology and BiostatisticsOswaldo Cruz FoundationBahiaBrazil
  7. 7.Department of Epidemiology and Medical InformaticsNational Research CouncilMilanItaly
  8. 8.GH Sergievsky CenterColumbia University School of Public HealthNew YorkUSA
  9. 9.GSSAB Investigators' Group, Bristol Urological InstituteSouthmead HospitalBristolEngland
  10. 10.Department of SociologyUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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