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Towards a typology of sexual health: a comprehensive approach using latent class analysis

Wouter Pinxten (UGent) and John Lievens (UGent)
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Since the 1960’s a lot of attention has gone to defining sexual health (Edwards & Coleman, 2004) culminating in the beginning of the 21th century in the broad definition of the World Health Organisation (WHO, 2006). Empirical studies, however, still lag behind. The grand majority of studies mainly focus on one or a limited number of sexual health indicators while overarching studies on the concept of sexual health are lacking. In our paper we focus on the ways in which various sexual health indicators are interrelated. We include indicators concerning different aspects of sexual health, such as: sexual satisfaction, diversity of sexual practices, sex frequency, number of sex partners, experience of sexual victimization, experience of sexual dysfunctions and problems in pregnancy. Using latent class analysis, we reveal a typology of sexual health consisting of five sexual health profiles. This typology indicates how and to what extent certain sexual health outcomes concur and allows us to study sexual health in a more comprehensive way.
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Sexual health, Typology, Latent class analysis

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Pinxten, Wouter, and John Lievens. 2013. “Towards a Typology of Sexual Health: a Comprehensive Approach Using Latent Class Analysis.” In Sexuality in Theory and Practice, Abstracts.
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Pinxten, W., & Lievens, J. (2013). Towards a typology of sexual health: a comprehensive approach using latent class analysis. Sexuality in Theory and Practice, Abstracts. Presented at the Sexuality in Theory and Practice (ESA RN23 - 2013).
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Pinxten W, Lievens J. Towards a typology of sexual health: a comprehensive approach using latent class analysis. Sexuality in Theory and Practice, Abstracts. 2013.
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Pinxten, Wouter, and John Lievens. “Towards a Typology of Sexual Health: a Comprehensive Approach Using Latent Class Analysis.” Sexuality in Theory and Practice, Abstracts. 2013. Print.
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  abstract     = {Since the 1960{\textquoteright}s a lot of attention has gone to defining sexual health (Edwards \& Coleman, 2004) culminating in the beginning of the 21th century in the broad definition of the World Health Organisation (WHO, 2006). Empirical studies, however, still lag behind. The grand majority of studies mainly focus on one or a limited number of sexual health indicators while overarching studies on the concept of sexual health are lacking. In our paper we focus on the ways in which various sexual health indicators are interrelated. We include indicators concerning different aspects of sexual health, such as: sexual satisfaction, diversity of sexual practices, sex frequency, number of sex partners, experience of sexual victimization, experience of sexual dysfunctions and problems in pregnancy. Using latent class analysis, we reveal a typology of sexual health consisting of five sexual health profiles. This typology indicates how and to what extent certain sexual health outcomes concur and allows us to study sexual health in a more comprehensive way.},
  author       = {Pinxten, Wouter and Lievens, John},
  booktitle    = {Sexuality in Theory and Practice, Abstracts},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Kingston London},
  title        = {Towards a typology of sexual health: a comprehensive approach using latent class analysis},
  year         = {2013},
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