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Changes in Sexual Fantasy and Solitary Sexual Practice During Social Lockdown Among Young Adults in the UK.

Cascalheira, C.J., McCormack, M., Portch, E. and Wignall, L., 2021. Changes in Sexual Fantasy and Solitary Sexual Practice During Social Lockdown Among Young Adults in the UK. Sexual Medicine, 9 (3), 100342.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.esxm.2021.100342

Abstract

Introduction Pandemic-related social lockdown limited many sexual behaviors, but to date, no study has examined the perceived impact of social lockdown due to COVID-19 on sexual fantasy and solitary sexual behavior. Aims The present study sought to examine the perceived impact of social lockdown on sexual fantasy and solitary sexual behavior among UK young adults in various living situations. Methods A convenience sample of 565 adults aged 18–32 and living in the UK completed anonymous, web-based, study-specific questionnaires between May 14th to 18th, 2020, seven weeks after social lockdown was initiated. Mixed-method analyses were conducted. Main Outcome Measures The study presents qualitative and quantitative data. Criterion variables were measured dichotomously as increases (vs. no change) in sexual fantasy and increases (vs. no change) in pornography consumption. Predictor variables were living arrangement, relationship status, and post-lockdown changes in masturbation and pornography consumption. Results 34.3% engaged in more sexual fantasizing during lockdown; women were more likely than men to report this increase. Living context and relationship status were predictors of increased fantasizing. 30.44% reported an increase in at least one solitary sexual practice. This increase was associated with an increase in sexual fantasizing and also with increased pornography consumption. 19% of participants reported an increase in pornography use, with men being more likely than women to report this increase. Participants mostly attributed their increases to boredom, increased free time, and replacing partnered sex. Conclusion Shifts in sexual fantasizing and solitary sexual practices were predicted by living arrangements, relationship status, and gender. The present findings suggest that the assessment of sexual fantasy and solitary sexual activities may benefit patients presenting with pandemic-related stress. Although mostly exploratory, significant changes in sexual fantasy and solitary sexual practices were observed. A cross-sectional design, convenience sampling, and study-specific measures are limitations.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:2050-1161
Uncontrolled Keywords:COVID19 ; sexual desire ; sexual fantasy ; lockdown ; masturbation ; pornography ; sexual behaviours
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:35344
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:30 Mar 2021 13:41
Last Modified:27 May 2021 07:53

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