A population-based study investigating the association between sexual and relationship satisfaction and psychological distress among heterosexuals

Patrick, Kent, Heywood, Wendy, Smith, Anthony M. A., Simpson, Judy M., Shelley, Julia M., Richters, Juliet and Pitts, Marian K. 2013, A population-based study investigating the association between sexual and relationship satisfaction and psychological distress among heterosexuals, Journal of sex and marital therapy, vol. 39, no. 1, pp. 56-70.

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Title A population-based study investigating the association between sexual and relationship satisfaction and psychological distress among heterosexuals
Author(s) Patrick, Kent
Heywood, Wendy
Smith, Anthony M. A.
Simpson, Judy M.
Shelley, Julia M.
Richters, Juliet
Pitts, Marian K.
Journal name Journal of sex and marital therapy
Volume number 39
Issue number 1
Start page 56
End page 70
Total pages 15
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Philadelphia, Pa.
Publication date 2013-01
ISSN 0092-623X
1521-0715
Keyword(s) population-based
sexual relationship satisfaction
Summary This study examined whether sexual/relationship satisfaction are differentially associated with mental health issues. Using data from a population-based computer-assisted telephone survey, the authors included in this study 3,800 respondents who had a regular heterosexual partner. The authors used 2 methods of scoring the K6 to produce measures of moderate psychological distress and serious psychological distress. Overall, 8.8% of men and 12.1% of women were classified as having moderate psychological distress, whereas 1.6% of men and 3.2% of women were classified as currently experiencing serious psychological distress. The association between satisfaction and mental health was influenced by sex and the severity of the mental health issue but not by type of satisfaction. After adjusting for demographic differences in mental health, low ratings of sexual/relationship satisfaction were both consistently associated with higher levels of moderate psychological distress in men and women and higher proportions of serious psychological distress in men. Although women may be able to resolve their satisfaction issues during less severe stages of psychological distress, for men there was a strong association between low sexual/relationship satisfaction and serious psychological distress.
Language eng
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050105

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