Beliefs about women's vibrator use: Results from a nationally representative probability survey in the United States

Debra Herbenick, Michael Reece, Vanessa Schick, Kristen N. Jozkowski, Susan E. Middelstadt, Stephanie A. Sanders, Brian S. Dodge, Annahita Ghassemi, J. Dennis Fortenberry

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Abstract

Women's vibrator use is common in the United States, although little is known about beliefs about its use. Elicitation surveys and interviews informed the development of a 10-item scale, the Beliefs About Women's Vibrator Use Scale, which was administered to a nationally representative probability sample of adults ages 18 to 60 years. Most women and men held high positive and low negative beliefs about women's vibrator use. Women with positive beliefs reported higher Female Sexual Function Index scores related to arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction, and pain (indicating less pain).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-345
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Sex and Marital Therapy
Volume37
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2011

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  • Clinical Psychology

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    Herbenick, D., Reece, M., Schick, V., Jozkowski, K. N., Middelstadt, S. E., Sanders, S. A., Dodge, B. S., Ghassemi, A., & Fortenberry, J. D. (2011). Beliefs about women's vibrator use: Results from a nationally representative probability survey in the United States. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 37(5), 329-345. https://doi.org/10.1080/0092623X.2011.606745