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Vulvovaginal pain from a fear-avoidance perspective: a prospective study among female university students in Sweden
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Örebro Universitet.
Örebro Universitet.
Örebro Universitet.
2018 (English)In: International Journal of Sexual Health, ISSN 1931-7611, E-ISSN 1931-762X, Vol. 30, no 1, p. 49-59Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives: To examine how fear-avoidance influences vulvovaginal pain and sexual function over time.

Method: At baseline and at 10-month follow-up, self-report measures for sexual- and fear avoidance factors were obtained from 483 female university students with and without self-reported vulvovaginal pain.

Results: individuals with pain at both times reported lower sexual function, and higher levels of fear-avoidance compared to the pain-free group. Fear-avoidance beliefs predicted the occurrence of vulvovaginal pain at follow up and the level of pain intensity.

Conclusion: The results points to the relevance of the components of the fear-avoidance model in vulvovaginal pain over time.

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2018. Vol. 30, no 1, p. 49-59
Keywords [en]
vulvovaginal pain, fear-avoidance, catastrophizing, sexual function, sexual satisfaction
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Applied Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-32172DOI: 10.1080/19317611.2017.1404543ISI: 000432548400006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-32172DiVA, id: diva2:1160709
Available from: 2017-11-28 Created: 2017-11-28 Last updated: 2018-06-10Bibliographically approved

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