The relationship between perceived self-actualization, perceived orgastic frequency, and sexual knowledge in women
The problem investigated in this study was to determine the relationship between self-actualization, sexual knowledge, and orgastic frequency in married female students 20 years of age and older. Orgastic frequency was defined as the rate of sexual climaxes reported in the average sexual encounter with their husband. Self-actualization was measured by use of the Personal Orientation Inventory, while sexual knowledge was measured by use of the Sexual Knowledge Inventory. The hypotheses were examined in three separate ways. Initially, a canonical correlation was conducted to determine the degree and direction of the relationship between self-actualization and sexual knowledge (r = .92, p < .001). A redundancy analysis was included in this step to determine a possible cause and effect relationship between self-actualization and sexual knowledge. Secondly, three multiple regressions were executed to determine the relationships between orgastic frequency and self-actualization (r = .70, p < .001), orgastic frequency and sexual knowledge (r = .56, p < .001), and orgastic frequency and the combined scores of self-actualization and sexual knowledge (r = .72, p < .001). Finally, a factor analysis was executed and the results indicated a relatedness between self-actualization, sexual knowledge, and orgastic frequency.