A review of research linking body image and sexual well-being

Meghan M. Gillen, Charlotte H. Markey

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The link between body image and sexual well-being is intuitive and increasingly supported by psychological research: individuals, particularly women, with greater body satisfaction and body appreciation tend to report more positive sexual experiences. Although both perceptions of one's body and one's sexual life are central to most adults’ experiences, this area of research has remained somewhat understudied. In this review, we discuss the findings that are available and suggest directions for future research and applied implications of this work. We highlight Thomas Cash's contributions to this area of study, given his significant contributions to moving our understanding of body image and sexual well-being forward.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)294-301
Number of pages8
JournalBody Image
StatePublished - Dec 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • General Psychology


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