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Sexual life satisfaction and its associated socio-demographic and workplace factors among Chinese female nurses of tertiary general hospitals

Feng Ji, Deguo Jiang, Xiaodong Lin, Wei Zhang, Weifang Zheng, Ce Cheng, Chongguang Lin _, Lirong Hu and Chuanjun Zhuo

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:54472-54477. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.17664

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Feng Ji1,*, Deguo Jiang2,*, Xiaodong Lin2,*, Wei Zhang2, Weifang Zheng2, Ce Cheng2, Chongguang Lin2, Lirong Hu2 and Chuanjun Zhuo1,2,3

1School of Mental Health, Jining Medical University, Jining, China

2Department of Psychological Medicine, Wenzhou Seventh People’s Hospital, Wenzhou, China

3Department of Psychological Medicine, Tianjin Anding Hospital, Tianjin, China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Chongguang Lin, email: [email protected]

Lirong Hu, email: [email protected]

Chuanjun Zhuo, email: [email protected]

Keywords: nurse, sexual life satisfaction, occupational factor

Received: March 16, 2017     Accepted: April 24, 2017     Published: May 07, 2017


Adverse workplace factors such as job stress are reported to be associated with poor physical and mental health of nurses. However, associations between occupational factors and sexual life satisfaction (SLS) of nurses remain understudied. This study investigated SLS of Chinese female nurses of tertiary general hospitals and socio-demographic and occupational factors associated with reduced SLS of nurses. In this cross-sectional survey, 393 Chinese female nurses of four tertiary general hospitals completed a standardized socio-demographic and occupational characteristics questionnaire, Zung’s Self-rating Scale for Depression, Job Content Questionnaire, and a self-report SLS question. Multiple ordinal logistic regression was used to identify factors related to reduced SLS. Fourteen point five percent female nurses were dissatisfied with their current sex lives. In multiple regression, related factors for decreased SLS included being unmarried (OR = 1.49), shift work (OR = 1.92), contract employment (OR = 1.63), high job demands (OR = 2.21), low job control (OR = 1.88), inadequate social support (OR = 2.32), and depression (OR = 3.14). Chinese female nurses of tertiary general hospitals have poor SLS. Reducing job stress and providing psycho-social support may help improve SLS of nurses.

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