Researchers have examined how shyness influences broad aspects of relationships (i.e., quality, satisfaction); however, little is known about how shyness impacts sexuality, specifically, within committed relationships. This study examined associations between shyness and sexual frequency and sexual satisfaction within committed young adult relationships. Potential explanations for these associations (i.e., fear of negative evaluation and body esteem, consecutively) were also examined. Participants included 3,670 individuals (61.6% female) ages 30-35 from the United States who were in committed dating or marital relationships. Results revealed that shyness was negatively associated with sexual frequency and satisfaction among men and women. In addition, fear of negative evaluation via body esteem mediated these associations. The discussion considers the implications of shyness and the associated processes and sexual outcomes in young adulthood.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Marriage, Family, and Human Development
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Palmer, Carlie Grace, "Shying Away from Sex: Examining Fear of Negative Evaluation and Body Esteem as Mediators in the Associations Between Shyness and Sexuality" (2019). Theses and Dissertations. 8573.
shyness, sexuality, fear of negative evaluation, body esteem