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Vulvovaginal pain from a fear-avoidance perspective: a prospective study among female university students in Sweden
Department of Psychology, Mid Sweden University, Östersund, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work. (Center for Health and Medical Psychology (CHAMP))ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2718-7402
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work. (Center for Health and Medical Psychology (CHAMP))ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8350-1836
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work. (Center for Health and Medical Psychology (CHAMP))ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5359-0452
2017 (English)In: International Journal of Sexual Health, ISSN 1931-7611, E-ISSN 1931-762XArticle in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

Objectives: To examine how fear-avoidance influences vulvovaginal pain and sexual function over time.

Method: At baseline and at 10-month follow-up, self-report measures for sexual- and fear avoidance factors were obtained from 483 female university students with and without self-reported vulvovaginal pain.

Results: Individuals with pain at both times reported lower sexual function, and higher levels of fear-avoidance compared to the pain-free group. Fear-avoidance beliefs predicted the occurrence of vulvovaginal pain at follow up and the level of pain intensity.

Conclusion: The results points to the relevance of the components of the fear-avoidance model in vulvovaginal pain over time.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2017.
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vulvovaginal pain, fear - avoidance; catastrophizing; sexual function, sexual satisfaction
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-63396DOI: 10.1080/19317611.2017.1404543OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-63396DiVA: diva2:1167107
Available from: 2017-12-18 Created: 2017-12-18 Last updated: 2018-01-04Bibliographically approved

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