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Sexual Closeness Discrepancies: What They Are and Why They Matter for Sexual Well-Being in Romantic Relationships

Frost, David, McClelland, SI and Dettmann, M (2017) Sexual Closeness Discrepancies: What They Are and Why They Matter for Sexual Well-Being in Romantic Relationships Archives of Sexual Behavior: an interdisciplinary research journal.

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Abstract

This study examined the impact of sexual closeness on sexual well-being. We developed a nuanced and multifaceted conceptualization of sexual closeness in the form of a constellation of ideal sexual closeness with a partner, actual sexual closeness, and the discrepancy between the two. Data were obtained from a diverse sample of N = 619 participants who took part in the Lives and Relationships Study: A longitudinal survey of a men and women in relationships living in the United States and Canada. Increases in sexual closeness discrepancies over a period of one year predicted concomitant decreases in two indicators of sexual well-being: sexual satisfaction and orgasm frequency evaluations. Decreases in sexual closeness discrepancies resulted in improvement in sexual well-being. Individuals who reported no sexual closeness discrepancies and experienced no changes in sexual closeness discrepancies tended to have the highest levels of sexual well-being. Importantly, sexual closeness discrepancies were robust predictors of sexual well-being, above and beyond individuals’ actual sexual closeness, general relationship closeness, and other demographic and relationship characteristics known to be associated with sexual well-being. The present findings demonstrate that how close people feel sexually to their relationship partners is part of a general constellation of factors related to relationship closeness that, only when considered together, sufficiently explain the ways in which experiences of closeness impact sexual well-being in romantic relationships.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Psychology
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Frost, Davidd.frost@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
McClelland, SIUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Dettmann, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 31 March 2017
Identification Number : 10.1007/s10508-017-0960-2
Copyright Disclaimer : The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10508-017-0960-2
Uncontrolled Keywords : Sexual Satisfaction; Orgasm; Closeness Discrepancies; Inclusion of Other in Self; Self-Expansion Theory
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 22 Feb 2017 10:26
Last Modified : 19 Jul 2017 10:53
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/813595

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