The Role of Orgasmic Difficulty in Attributing Cause for Positive and Negative Sexual Outcomes in Women: The Importance of Cross-Cultural Analyses

Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Rowland


Arts and Sciences


Psychology, Human Sexuality

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 4-29-2021


Studies investigating women's attributions for positive and negative sexual experiences have been slow to adopt a cross-cultural perspective, resulting in a perspective defined by Western experiences. This cross-cultural analysis examined such attribution processes in 88 Pakistani and USA women, and identified differences related to orgasmic difficulty and country of origin. Pakistani and USA women differed on both self-blame and relationship blame related to negative sexual outcomes, an effect intensified in Pakistani women who reported orgasmic difficulty during partnered sex. Differences are interpreted within a cultural context and underscore the importance of addressing women's sexual experiences in a more global context.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Julia Kneusel is a senior Psychology major with minors in Biology and Neuroscience. Julia aspires to attend graduate school and become a School Psychologist. Katelyn Bacys is a sophomore Actuarial Science major. Katelyn intends to study to become a certified actuary. Both Julia and Katelyn are a part of the research group on campus studying Human Sexuality and are seeking to learn more about the research process and applications.

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