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Correlates of Psychosexual Issues in the Jamaican Population

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Objective: To examine the relationship between the psychopathological correlates of psychosexual phenomena in post-colonial Jamaica.

Methods: A total of 1506 adult individuals were sampled from 2150 households using a stratified sampling method and assessed with the Jamaica Personality Disorder Inventory (JPDI). Responses to the seven questions on the psychological features of homosexual practices, sexual practices and dysfunction were tabulated and analysed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) version 17.

Results: Of the sample, 79.38% denied having phenomenological symptoms of psychosexual phenomena while 20.33% of the population admitted to having some degree of heterosexual and homosexual phenomena, ranging from mild (5.13%), to moderate (11.40), or severe (3.80%). Sixteen (1.06%) responders described homosexual practices in their lives, and 53 (3.52%) described thinking frequently about homosexual experiences in their subjective psychic lives. Significantly more (p > 0.001) male responders (348, 23.11%) had difficulty being sexually faithful to one person at a time than females (122, 8.10%). The lower class cohort members (348, 23.11%) were more likely to have had multiple sexual relationships over the previous 12 months than socio-economic class (SEC) 1–3 responders (54, 3.58%) and were more likely (681, 45.21%) to fantasize about sexual relationships with persons other than their partners (p < 0.001) than SEC 1–3 responders (94, 6.24%).

Conclusion: Significant levels of multiple sexual partnerships and feelings of infidelity in a swathe of Jamaican people reveal underlying psychosexual anxiety and guilt, poor impulse control and difficulties with partner intimacy. This psychopathology is correlated to concomitant high-risk public health sexual behaviour such as teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV/AIDS existing in the Jamaican society.



10 May, 2013
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