Body Image and Sexuality in Indonesian Adults with a Disorder of Sex Development (DSD)

Ediati , Annastasia and Juniarto, Achmad Zulfa and Birnie, Erwin and Drop , Stenvert L. S. and Faradz , Sultana M. H. and Dessens, Arianne B. (2015) Body Image and Sexuality in Indonesian Adults with a Disorder of Sex Development (DSD). The Journal of Sex Research, 52 (1). pp. 15-29.



In Indonesia, disorders of sex development (DSDs) are not well recognized and medical care for affected individuals is scarce. Consequently, many patients live with ambiguous genitalia and appearance. We compared reported outcomes on body image, sexual functioning, and sexual orientation of 39 adults with DSDs (aged 18 to 41) and 39 healthy controls matched for gender, age, and residential setting (urban, suburban, rural). Differences in gender and treatment status (treated or untreated) were also explored. On body image, adults with DSDs reported dissat-isfaction with sex-related body parts. Compared to the matched controls, women with DSDs reported greater sexual distress, and men with DSDs reported lower erectile and ejaculation fre-quencies, and more dissatisfaction with sexual life but not with sexual desire and activities. Men with DSDs who had undergone genital surgery reported higher erectile and ejaculation frequen-cies than untreated men. More women than men in the DSDs group reported a nonexclusive heterosexual orientation. DSDs and infertility had a great impact on sexuality. Fear of ostra-cism complicated DSD acceptance. Findings were compared to those of Western studies. Based on these results, education about DSDs and their psychosexual consequences may help reduce the sexual distress and problems in adults with DSDs and improve quality of life.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions:Faculty of Psychology > Department of Psychology
ID Code:64303
Deposited By:Ms Siti Yuanah Psikologi
Deposited On:05 Sep 2018 10:18
Last Modified:05 Sep 2018 10:18

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