Numerous studies have established the importance of body image self-consciousness in predicting sexual distress and dissatisfaction in women. However, there is a dearth of information analyzing whether the same relation applies to men. Sexual perfectionism is a sexual correlate that has shown diverse links with sexual-related outcomes. The aim of the present study was to determine the degree to which certain sexuality-related factors, such as body image self consciousness and sexual perfectionism, and certain personality traits, namely grandiose and vulnerable narcissistic traits, may be associated with sexual discomfort in men. An online survey including self-report measures of sexual correlates variables and narcissistic personality traits was administered to a sample of 212 men, who provided the data used to investigate these associations. We performed a stepwise regression analysis, including the sexual-specific variables in the first step and vulnerable and grandiose narcissism in the second step. Sexual distress was linked to vulnerable narcissistic features and body image self-consciousness, according to our research. The clinical implications of our findings emphasize the need of evaluating body image concerns and taking personality characteristics into account when addressing sexual difficulties in men.

PAVANELLO DECARO, S., Anzani, A., DI SARNO, M., DI PIERRO, R., Prunas, A. (2022). Men’s sexual distress: the role of body image and vulnerable narcissistic traits. SEXUAL AND RELATIONSHIP THERAPY [10.1080/14681994.2022.2124404].

Men’s sexual distress: the role of body image and vulnerable narcissistic traits

Sofia Pavanello Decaro
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Annalisa Anzani;Marco Di Sarno;Rossella Di Pierro;Antonio Prunas
2022

Abstract

Numerous studies have established the importance of body image self-consciousness in predicting sexual distress and dissatisfaction in women. However, there is a dearth of information analyzing whether the same relation applies to men. Sexual perfectionism is a sexual correlate that has shown diverse links with sexual-related outcomes. The aim of the present study was to determine the degree to which certain sexuality-related factors, such as body image self consciousness and sexual perfectionism, and certain personality traits, namely grandiose and vulnerable narcissistic traits, may be associated with sexual discomfort in men. An online survey including self-report measures of sexual correlates variables and narcissistic personality traits was administered to a sample of 212 men, who provided the data used to investigate these associations. We performed a stepwise regression analysis, including the sexual-specific variables in the first step and vulnerable and grandiose narcissism in the second step. Sexual distress was linked to vulnerable narcissistic features and body image self-consciousness, according to our research. The clinical implications of our findings emphasize the need of evaluating body image concerns and taking personality characteristics into account when addressing sexual difficulties in men.
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Body image; narcissistic traits; sexual perfectionism; sexual distress; males
English
PAVANELLO DECARO, S., Anzani, A., DI SARNO, M., DI PIERRO, R., Prunas, A. (2022). Men’s sexual distress: the role of body image and vulnerable narcissistic traits. SEXUAL AND RELATIONSHIP THERAPY [10.1080/14681994.2022.2124404].
PAVANELLO DECARO, S; Anzani, A; DI SARNO, M; DI PIERRO, R; Prunas, A
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