IFSS, IFSW, Institute for Family and Sexuality Studies, Sexuality, Relationships, Sex Research, Europe


Poster Award

Dr. Els Pazmany received the Nature Reviews Urology Best Female Clinical Poster Award at the 18th Annual Congress of the European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM). Her poster was entitled: "The Leuven Vulvalgesiometer: Improved Device to Measure Genital Pain-Pressure Thresholds in Clinical Practice and Research."

New Research Projects

Prof. Dr. Erick Janssen has received a grant for a new project on Sexuality, Relationships, and Health from the Research Council - Flanders (FWO).

Also, Prof. Dr. Erick Janssen and Prof. Dr. Paul Enzlin are co-investigators on a new, international research project -- involving researchers from Norway, Denmark, UK, Belgium, Portugal, and Croatia -- on Sexuality and Aging. The project, which is funded by the Research Council of Norway, includes qualitative studies as well as representative surveys in several of the participating countries.

Music for Life Actie – Ook dat nog …?

In het kader van de Warmste Week van Vlaanderen (Music for Life-actie van StuBru) hebben twee medewerkers van het Instituut, Prof. Dr. Paul Enzlin and Inge Blockmans, M.A., voor het Centrum voor Ontwikkelingsstoornissen (COS) publieke lezingen gegeven onder de titel: "Ook dat nog  … ? Seksuele ontwikkeling en seksuele opvoeding van jongeren met een chronische ziekte of beperking …".

Music for Life Initiative – And that, too …?

As part of the "Wamest Week of Flanders" (Music for Life by StuBru) initiative, Institute staff members Prof. Dr. Paul Enzlin and Inge Blockmans, M.A. offered public lectures in support of the Center for Developmental Disorders (COS) under the title: "And that, too...? Sexual development and sexual education of young people with a chronic disease or disability...".

University-wide Sexuality Course

KU Leuven has approved its first-ever university-wide human sexuality course, to be offered, in 2016, by our very own IFSS faculty.

"Sexuality in Perspective," will be offered every other year in English, and can be taken by bachelor and master students from any department.

Masters in Sex

We celebrated the graduation of a 48 new sexologists in September 2015. Kudos and congratulations to all of you, Masters in sex!

Research in Ecuador

The Spring and Summer of 2015, we were joined by Monse Jerves and Silvia López from the Universidad de Cuenca in Ecuador.

They are working on their dissertation projects under guidance of Dr. Paul Enzlin and supported by a collaborative program between universities in Flanders and Ecuador.

The Joy of Collaboration

Several esteemed colleagues and collaborators honored us with a visit in 2015.

Among them were Dr. Sophie Bergeron from Canada, Dr. Aleksandar Stulhofer from Croatia, and Dr. Eshkol Rafaeli from Israel.

Dissertation on Dyspareunia

IFSS researcher Els Pazmany successfully defended her dissertation on dyspareunia.

Dr. Pazmany studied the role of cognitive-affective and interpersonal factors in the experience of dyspareunia (pain during sexual intercourse) in premenopausal women. She also explored underlying brain mechanisms using fMRI methods.You can find a summary of her findings here.

Spring in Full Swing

The Spring 2015 semester kept the students in our IFSS Master Program busy.

Classes offered included clinical sexology; sexual pedagogy; laws on sex/gender, sexuality, and reproduction; methods in sex research; gynecological aspects of sexuality and reproduction; relationship and family therapy (and case studies and practicum); diagnosis and treatment of sexual problems and disorders, and bioethics

Dissertation on Sexual Distress

IFSS researcher Lies Hendrickx successfully defended her dissertation on sexual distress.

Dr. Hendrickx studied, in a representative  sample of Flemish men and women, the prevalence rates of sexual difficulties, sexual dysfunctions, and the experience of sexual distress. In addition, she examined the importance of intra- and interpersonal factors in the prediction of sexual distress in women. A summary can be found here.

New Faculty Member

IFSS and the Department of Neurosciences welcome Erick Janssen to its faculty.

Prof. Dr. Janssen, who received his Ph.D. at the University of Amsterdam, brings many years of teaching and research experience to the Institute. He comes to Leuven from the USA, where he lived and worked for almost two decades and was Senior Scientist and Director of Education and Research Training at the famous Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction.

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New Publications

Hendrickx, L., Gijs, L., & Enzlin, P. (in press). Sexual difficulties and associated sexual distress in Flanders (Belgium): A representative population-based survey study. Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Janssen, E., Hoffmann, H., Wilson, M., & Goodrich, D. (in press). The effects of alcohol on self-regulation of sexual arousal in sexually compulsive men. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity.

Gadassi, R., Bar-Nahum, L.E., Newhouse, S., Anderson, R., Heiman, J.R., Rafaeli, E., Janssen, E. (2016). Perceived partner responsiveness mediates the association between sexual and marital satisfaction: A daily diary study in newlywed couples. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 45, 109-120.

Macapagal, K.R., Janssen, E., Finn, P.R., & Heiman, J.R. (2015). The effect of gain-and loss-framed messages on young adults’ sexual decision making. Archives of Sexual Behavior, Epub ahead of print (PMID:26696408).

Blanken, I., Leusink, P., van Diest, S., Gijs, L., & Van Lankveld, J.J.D.M. (2015). Outcome predictors of Internet-based brief sex therapy for sexual dysfunctions in heterosexual men. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 41, 531-543.

Sanders, S., Hill, B., Janssen, E., Graham, C., Crosby, R., Milhausen, R., Yarber, W. (2015). General erectile functioning among young, heterosexual men who do and do not report condom-associated erection problems (CAEP). Journal of Sexual Medicine, Ahead of print, art.nr. 10.1111/jsm.12964.

Hendrickx, L., Gijs, L., & Enzlin, P. (2015). Age‐related prevalence rates of sexual difficulties, sexual dysfunctions, and sexual distress in heterosexual women: Results from an online survey in Flanders. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 12(2), 424-435.

Pazmany, E., Bergeron, S., Verhaeghe, J., Van Oudenhove, L. and Enzlin, P. (2015). Dyadic sexual communication in pre-menopausal women with self-reported dyspareunia and their partners: Associations with sexual function, sexual distress and dyadic adjustment. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 12, 516-528.

Gooren, L. & Gijs, L. (2015). Medicalization of Homosexuality. In P. Whelehan, & A. Bolin (Eds.), Encyclopedia of human sexuality. London: Wiley.

Hill, B., Sanders, S., Crosby, R., Ingelhart, K., Janssen, E. (2015). Condom-associated erection problems: behavioural responses and attributions in young, heterosexual men. Sexual Health, Ahead of print, art.nr. 10.1071/SH14051.

Aerts, L., Enzlin, P., Verhaeghe, J., Poppe, W., Vergote, I., Amant, F. (2015). Sexual Functioning in Women after Surgical Treatment for Endometrial Cancer: A Prospective Controlled Study. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 12, 198-209.

Van Houdenhove, E., Gijs, L., T’Sjoen, G., & Enzlin, P. (2015). Stories about asexuality: qualitative study asexual women. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 41, 262-281.

Van der Sluis, W.B., Bouman, M-B, Gijs, L., & van Bodegraven, A.A. (2015). Gonorrhoea of the  Sigmoid Neovagina in a male-to-female transgender. International Journal of STD & AIDS, 26, 595-598.

Van Houdenhove, E., Gijs, L., T’Sjoen, G.T., & Enzlin, P. (2015). Asexuality: a multidimensional  approach. Journal of Sex Research, 52, 669-678.