Anxiety, Dispositional Mindfulness, and Sexual Desire in Men Consulting in Clinical Sexology: A Mediational Model.

Abstract

This study aimed to examine dispositional mindfulness as a mediator of the relationship between anxiety and sexual desire in men consulting in clinical sexology. A sample of 105 adult men seeking sex therapy completed measures of dispositional mindfulness, anxiety, and sexual desire. Close to a third (28.7%) of participants reported lack or absence of sexual desire as their main reason to consult in sex therapy. Path analysis confirmed a mediation model and revealed that the association between anxiety and lower sexual desire was fully mediated by dispositional mindfulness. These findings suggest that mindfulness-based interventions may be a relevant component to integrate in the treatment of men who present anxiety symptoms and low sexual desire.

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