HEALTH / WELL-BEING

Sexual Functioning in Military Personnel: Preliminary Estimates and Predictors

Article

This article explores demographics and psychosocial characteristics relating to sexual functioning problems, in male military personnel.

Abstract

Although the military is a young and vigorous force, service members and veterans may experience sexual functioning problems (SFPs) as a result of military service. Sexual functioning can be impaired by physical, psychological, and social factors and can impact quality of life (QOL) and happiness. Aims. This study aims to estimate rates and correlates of SFPs in male military personnel across demographic and psychosocial characteristics, to examine the QOL concomitants, and to evaluate barriers for treatment seeking. SFPs were associated with various demographic, physical, and psycho social risk factors. The rates of SD and ED were 8.45% and 33.24%, respectively, for male military personnel aged 21–40. Those who were 36–40, non married, nonwhite, and of lower educational attainment reported the highest rates of SFPs. Male military personnel with poor physical and psycho social health presented the greatest risk for ED and SD. SFPs were associated with reduced QOL and lower happiness, and barriers for treatment were generally related to social barriers. SFPs in young male military personnel are an important public health concern that can severely impact QOL and happiness.

Full Reference

Wilcox, S. L., Redmond, S., Hassan, A. M., 2014. Sexual Functioning in Military Personnel: Preliminary Estimates and Predictors. The Journal of Sexual Medicine.