3152.0: Monday, November 13, 2000 - 3:30 PM

Abstract #9459

Integrating sexuality and spirituality: Positive visions for the future

Gina Ogden, PhD, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, 617-495-8552, N/A

Women's sexual relationships in the 21st century do not have to be defined by medicalization and abuse. This presentation, based on a national survey of 4000 women and men, offers a scale for broadening definitions of sexual desire and satisfaction to include spiritual qualities such as love, altruism, transcendence, imagination, humor, and oneness with self, partner, and a power greater than self. Implications for equalizing power balances in sexual relationships range from increased self-esteem and partner intimacy to a template for preventing violence.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, the participant will be able to: 1. describe the results of a national survey on sexual desire 2. discuss the implications of broadening the definition of sexual desire for equalizing power balances in sexual relationships

Keywords: Women's Sexuality,

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: None
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA