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Sensual and sexual marital contentment in parents of small children: a follow-up study when the first child is four years old
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work. (Center for Health and Medical Psychology)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5359-0452
2008 (English)In: Journal of Sex Research, ISSN 0022-4499, E-ISSN 1559-8519, Vol. 45, no 3, p. 295-304Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This follow-up study explored parents' (N=452) intimate relationships when their firstborn child was 6 months old and then 4 years later. The measurement used was a modified version of the Dyadic Adjustment Scale, DAS. The present results show that most parents responding were content sensually at 6 months postpartum in 2002 and 4 years later, in 2006. More parents had changed from being sensually content in 2002 to discontent in 2006, than the contrary, however, and the sexual contentment remained low. The average sexual frequency was low both at 6 months and at 4 years for both parents with and without additional children. Experiencing tiredness as a hindrance to having sex was perceived as a greater problem among those parents without additional children. Prospective regression analyses indicated that sexuality was significantly related to both sensual and sexual contentment 4 years later. Sexuality was also one of the most significant covariates in the cross-sectional regression analysis for sensual contentment. Since sexuality plays a central role in partner well-being, it may be an important target for helping parents with small children.

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2008. Vol. 45, no 3, p. 295-304
Keywords [en]
marital committment, sexual satisfaction
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-5850DOI: 10.1080/00224490802204423ISI: 000259787500010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-5850DiVA, id: diva2:174921
Available from: 2009-02-26 Created: 2009-02-26 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved

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