Relationship Satisfaction and Children: Effects on Sexual Satisfaction in Married Couples

Abstract

This study addresses the great importance of relationship satisfaction in regards to sexual satisfaction. 4000 participants were analyzed utilizing data from the Relate Assessment, which analyzes factors impacting martial satisfaction. Previous research suggests that both relationship satisfaction and sexual satisfaction decrease when a couple has children (Glenn & McLanahan, 1982). Analyses yielded supporting evidence that sexual satisfaction decreases as a couple has children (R^2= -0.128); however, this effect disappears and there is no longer any correlation when relationship satisfaction is controlled for (R^2= 0.009). These results suggest that sexual satisfaction is influenced more so by relationship satisfaction than by the presence or absence of children in a relationship. Previous research also suggests that an individual's perceptions of their partner and their traits are more important than their perceptions of themselves (Cohen, Schulz, Weiss, & Waldinger, 2012). The results of this study support this research, adding that an individual's perceptions of their partner's personality ( R^2 = .662), measured on personality scales including maturity, kindness, flexibility, and organization, are of greater importance than their perceptions of themselves (R^2= .465) in regards to their own sexual satisfaction.



Author Information
Su Kuan Chung, Brigham Young University Hawaii, USA
Alyxandra Stuehler, Brigham Young University Hawaii, USA
Michelle Arellano, Brigham Young University Hawaii, USA
Jared Peterson, Brigham Young University Hawaii, USA
Kylie Arnold, Brigham Young University Hawaii, USA
Ronald Miller, Brigham Young University Hawaii, USA
Dean Busby, Brigham Young University Provo, USA

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Conference: ACP2016
Stream: General Psychology

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