Sexual Satisfaction, Social Support and Psychological Distress in Patients with Diabetes

Author: Afnan Saqib

Supervisor: Faiza Safdar

Degree: BS

Year: 2010-2014

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present study intended to investigate the relationship between Sexual Satisfaction, Social Support and Psychological Distress in patients with Diabetes. It was hypothesized that there would likely be a significant correlation between sexual satisfaction, social support and psychological distress in patients with diabetes. The data consisted of 92 females with diabetes (mean age = 35.84) selected by from different teaching and public hospitals of Lahore. The scale used in present study to assess sexual satisfaction was Sexual Satisfaction Scale for Women (Menston & Trapnell, 2005), social support was assessed by Social Provision Scale (Cutrona & Russell, 1987) and psychological distress was assessed by Depression Anxiety Stress Scale (Lovibond & Lovibond, 1995). The translated versions of these scales were used. The results were obtained using Pearson Moment Correlation to explore correlation between the variables. The results showed that there is significant positive (p< .01) correlation between sexual satisfaction and social support. A significant negative (p< .05) correlation between sexual satisfaction and psychological distress, moreover a significant negative correlation (p< .05) was found between social support and psychological distress. It was concluded that patients with diabetes who had greater sexual satisfaction and social support will have less psychological distress.

Keywords: Sexual Satisfaction, Social Support, Psychological Distress, Diabetes.

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