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Research project: Sexual wellbeing, functioning, arousal and pleasure

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Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences.

Assessing the impact of pelvic pain on women’s lives

The aim of the current study is to pilot a new questionnaire that assesses the impact of chronic pelvic pain on women’s lives. The questionnaire will be designed specifically for women with chronic pelvic pain and will assess factors considered relevant and important to them.

Supervisors - Professor Cynthia Graham, Dr Christina Liossi

Status – Currently active

The impact of teenage period pain on quality of life for young girls and their families

Period-related pain is highly prevalent among young girls and can negatively impact on many aspects of life (education, social activities, family relationships etc). The findings from this PhD study will be critical to the development of future interventions to improve quality of life for teenage girls experiencing dysmenorrhea.

PhD Studentship – Polly Langdon

Supervisors - Professor Cynthia Graham

Status – Currently active

To groom or not to groom? Exploring young people’s experiences of genital hair removal

Body hair grooming has become the subject of substantial attention in the media and beyond. Some people choose to do it, some people choose not to. The aim of this study is to explore to what extent young men and women remove hair from different parts of their bodies, including the genital region.

Status – Currently active

Feasibility study of the Kinsey Institute Homework Intervention (KIHIS-UK) to promote correct and consistent condom use

The objectives of the KIHIS-UK study include adapting a condom promotion programme which has been developed and tested in the US for use among young men in the UK. The US programme gives out "condom kits" (containing different condoms and lubricants) asks men to try out the condoms at home by themselves by completing various homework exercises. As they test each condom they are asked to think about their own pleasure and which condoms they like best.

The aim of the programme is for men to improve their condom skills by 1) finding the "right/best" types of condoms and lubricants, 2) testing techniques of applying them, and 3) by practicing with them in no pressure situations (on their own).

In collaboration with our colleagues at the Centre for Technology Enabled Health Research, Coventry University, we are exploring whether the idea can be adapted for use with men in the UK to improve their skills in applying condoms and their pleasure in using them.

Funding – MRC-PHIND

Status – Currently active

E-KIHIS: design and evaluation of an online version of the Kinsey Institute Homework Intervention (KIHIS) programme to enhance male condom use

Supervisors: Professor Cynthia Graham

Status – Currently active

Masturbation among young women and associations with sexual health

Many modern cultures now accept that solo-sex is a ‘normal’ aspect of human sexuality with questions on masturbation being included in a number of international sexual behaviour surveys. This study explores the relationship between female self-exploration (masturbation) and aspects of sexual agency as defined through sexual expectations, recognition of the double standard, desires and pleasures, and sexual self-expression and communication.

Funding - Economic and Social Research Council and the Department of Health.

Related research groups

Centre for Clinical and Community Applications of Health Psychology (CCCAHP)
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