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Table 3 Subgroups of individuals that represent different combinations of masturbation frequency and sexual satisfaction, separately for women and men

From: A Seemingly Paradoxical Relationship Between Masturbation Frequency and Sexual Satisfaction

Clusters Women (%) Men (%)
1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
High M
satisfied
Low/no M
satisfied
High M
dissatisfied
Low/no M
dissatisfied
High M
Satisfied
Low/no M
satisfied
High M dissatisfied Low/no M
dissatisfied
  25.6 40.7 21.6 12.0 35.8 27.9 16.5 19.8
n 445 707 375 209 731 570 336 405
  M(SD) M(SD)
Masturbation frequency a 3.9 (.95) 1.4 (.48) 3.8 (.92) 1.7 (.72) 4.9 (.73) 1.9 (.88) 5.3 (.70) 2.6 (.90)
Sexual satisfactionb 4.3 (.47) 3.9 (.76) 2.4 (.63) 1.6 (.50) 3.9 (.67) 4.2 (.63) 1.6 (.50) 2.2 (.69)
  1. M = masturbation frequency during the past month; Cluster 1 = HmS, cluster 2 = LmS, cluster 3 = HmD, cluster 4 = LmD
  2. a 1 = none, 2 = once, 3 = 2 or 3 times, 4 = once a week, 5 = 2 or 3 times a week, 6 = once a day, 7 = more than once a day;
  3. b 1 = very dissatisfied, 2 = somewhat dissatisfied, 3 = neither satisfied nor dissatisfied, 4 = quite satisfied, and 5 = very satisfied