Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. C. Richard Tsegaye-Spates

Second Advisor

Dr. Galen Alessi

Third Advisor

Dr. M. Michele Burnette

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This study assessed differences between female aerobic exercisers and nonexercisers in sexual functioning and arousability. Fourteen exercisers and 6 nonexercisers between the ages of 19 and 52 participated in the study. All subjects were involved in an ongoing sexual relationship with a duration of at least 3 months. Sexual functioning, satisfaction, and arousability were assessed through two self-report measures, the Sexual Interaction Inventory (LoPiccolo & Steger, 1978) and the Sexual Arousability Inventory (Hoon, Hoon, & Wincze, 1976); sexual arousability also was assessed through two extragenital physiological measures during exposure to erotic stimuli under laboratory conditions.

The results indicated that there were no significant differences between exercising and nonexercising women on any of the measures of sexual functioning, satisfaction, or arousability.