Development and Validation of the Maternal and Partner Sex During Pregnancy Scales

Sofia Jawed-Wessel, Debby Herbenick, Vanessa Schick, J. Fortenberry, Georg’Ann Cattelona, Michael Reece

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Abstract

Little is known about current attitudes in the United States toward having sex during pregnancy. It is possible that pregnant women and their sexual partners hold beliefs and have feelings during this time that might lead to sexual and relational distress. Two new scales, Maternal Sex During Pregnancy and Partner Sex During Pregnancy, were developed and administered to 112 newly pregnant couples. The scales demonstrated strong reliability and validity. Attitudes and beliefs varied across the sample, but the scores did not significantly differ between partners. These scales allow clinicians to support healthy sexuality during pregnancy by understanding sources of anxiety and possible misconceptions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Sex and Marital Therapy
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StateAccepted/In press - Mar 11 2016

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Mothers
Pregnancy
Sexual Partners
Sexuality
Reproducibility of Results
Pregnant Women
Emotions
Anxiety

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  • Clinical Psychology

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Development and Validation of the Maternal and Partner Sex During Pregnancy Scales. / Jawed-Wessel, Sofia; Herbenick, Debby; Schick, Vanessa; Fortenberry, J.; Cattelona, Georg’Ann; Reece, Michael.

In: Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 11.03.2016, p. 1-21.

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Jawed-Wessel, Sofia ; Herbenick, Debby ; Schick, Vanessa ; Fortenberry, J. ; Cattelona, Georg’Ann ; Reece, Michael. / Development and Validation of the Maternal and Partner Sex During Pregnancy Scales. In: Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy. 2016 ; pp. 1-21.
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