Title

Examining the Influence of Relational Aggression on Sexual Satisfaction With Attachment Behaviors as a Potential Mediator

Keywords

relational aggression, relationships, attachment behaviors

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between relational aggression and sexual satisfaction, as well as to determine if attachment behaviors could mediate this relationship. Data came from the Relate Institute Questionnaire (RELATE) and were drawn from the matched-pair responses of 539 heterosexual married couples. Results showed the greater the perceived relational aggression, the lower the sexual satisfaction for both self and partner, regardless of gender. Mediation analyses suggest that attachment behaviors may be a mechanism through which relational aggression influences sexual satisfaction. Implications for clinicians and future research are discussed.

Original Publication Citation

Sandberg, J.G. *Meservy, M.V., Bradford, A. & Anderson, S. (2018): Examining the Influence of Relational Aggression on Sexual Satisfaction with Attachment Behaviors as a Potential Mediator, Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. DOI: 10.1080/0092623X.2017.1405307 (shared first authorship)

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2017-11-27

Publisher

Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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