Mood and its Effects on College Students' Sexual Functioning
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A person's sexual functioning can be affected by many things, including their mood. Generally, a depressive mood can be associated with a decrease in sexual functioning (hyposexuality), however certain studies have shown the opposite outcome where a depressed individual may show, an increase in sexual functioning and behavior (hypersexuality). A comparative study by Frohlich and Metson (2002) found little difference in the sexual activity with a partner between the depressed women group and the non depressed women group; however women which showed depressed symptoms showed a greater desire to masturbate and engaged themselves in the act of masturbation more frequently than women who did not show symptoms of depression. The following is a proposed study that will observe the sexual behavior of college students whom are diagnosed as having clinical depression. A positive aspect to the following proposed study is that it will look at the sexual behavior of both depressed men and women, which differs from previous research only looking at single sex trends of sexual behavior.