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Healthy Ageing- Female Sexuality and Psychological wellbeing (ref: RDF20/NMH/BORNESKOG)

Project Description

Sexual well-being significantly contribute to the overall quality of women's lives and sexual satisfaction is one major key to relationship quality. Recent findings suggest that sexual functioning is highly dependent on psychosocial aspects related to well-being. Accordingly, personality traits such as optimism, and interpersonal aspects such as emotional support and relationship satisfaction have been identified as important predictors of sexual functioning. Furthermore, evidence suggests a decline in sexual functioning in the context of aging and the menopausal transition, including changes in sexual desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, pain, and/or contentment. However, not all women in midlife and older age experience such a decline, and it remains unclear how psychosocial aspects contribute to the maintenance of healthy ageing and sexual functioning.

This study aims to examine the psychological wellbeing and sexual activity, functioning, and satisfaction in a sample of pre-, peri- and postmenopausal UK women.

A mixed-method methodology will be appropriate for this study, with both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis

Eligibility and How to Apply:

Please note eligibility requirement:

• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement in Midwifery, Nursing or Psychology.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
• Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. RDF20/…) will not be considered.

Deadline for applications: Friday 24 January 2020
Start Date: 1 October 2020

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.

Funding Notes

The studentship is available to Home/EU students with a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (for 2019/20, this is £15,009 pa) and full fees.

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