Associations Between Body Appreciation and Comfort Communicating About Sex: A Brief Reportedit
Communicating about sex with potential or current sex partners can lead to many positive outcomes, including fewer unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. Although body image is related to many sexual health behaviors, the association between positive body image and comfort communicating about sex is underexplored. The purpose of the current study is to better understand this relationship among a sample of 399 18- to 25-year-old college women. Results suggest that positive body image, measured by body appreciation, is related to greater comfort communicating about sex with a current sex partner, even after accounting for body mass index (BMI).