Sexual and relationship satisfaction among heterosexual men and women : the importance of desired frequency of sex

Smith, Anthony, Lyons, Anthony, Ferris, Jason, Richters, Juliet, Pitts, Marian, Shelley, Julia and Simpson, Judy 2011, Sexual and relationship satisfaction among heterosexual men and women : the importance of desired frequency of sex, Journal of sex and marital therapy, vol. 37, no. 2, pp. 104-115.

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Title Sexual and relationship satisfaction among heterosexual men and women : the importance of desired frequency of sex
Author(s) Smith, Anthony
Lyons, Anthony
Ferris, Jason
Richters, Juliet
Pitts, Marian
Shelley, Julia
Simpson, Judy
Journal name Journal of sex and marital therapy
Volume number 37
Issue number 2
Start page 104
End page 115
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2011
ISSN 0092-623X
1521-0715
Summary Little is known of the extent to which heterosexual couples are satisfied with their current frequency of sex and the degree to which this predicts overall sexual and relationship satisfaction. A population-based survey of 4,290 men and 4,366 women was conducted among Australians aged 16 to 64 years from a range of sociodemographic backgrounds, of whom 3,240 men and 3,304 women were in regular heterosexual relationships. Only 46% of men and 58% of women were satisfied with their current frequency of sex. Dissatisfied men were overwhelmingly likely to desire sex more frequently; among dissatisfied women, only two thirds wanted sex more frequently. Age was a significant factor but only for men, with those aged 35-44 years tending to be least satisfied. Men and women who were dissatisfied with their frequency of sex were also more likely to express overall lower sexual and relationship satisfaction. The authors' findings not only highlight desired frequency of sex as a major factor in satisfaction, but also reveal important gender and other sociodemographic differences that need to be taken into account by researchers and therapists seeking to understand and improve sexual and relationship satisfaction among heterosexual couples. Other issues such as length of time spent having sex and practices engaged in may also be relevant, particularly for women.
Language eng
Field of Research 111707 Family Care
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30033815

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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