Title

The relationship between family‐of‐origin experiences and sexual satisfaction in married couples

Keywords

sexual satisfaction, marital quality, family-of-origin experiences

Abstract

This study examined the relationship between perceptions of family‐of‐origin experiences, sexual satisfaction and marital quality. The sample consisted of 3953 married couples who responded to the relationship evaluation. The results showed that more positive overall family‐of‐origin experiences and parent–child relationships were related to higher sexual satisfaction. Overall, family‐of‐origin experiences and parent–child relationships were predictive of higher sexual satisfaction; however, that relationship was significantly mediated by marital quality. There was a strong positive relationship between marital quality and sexual satisfaction. No major gender differences emerged from the findings. The results suggest that family‐of‐origin experiences play a key role in the sexual satisfaction of married couples, especially when mediated by marital quality, and should be considered in treatment, education and research.

Original Publication Citation

Strait, J.G., Sandberg, J.G., Larson, J.H., & Harper, J.M. (2015). The relationship between attachment related family-of-origin experiences and sexual satisfaction in married couples. Journal of Family Therapy, 37, 361-385.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2013-05-02

Publisher

Journal of Family Therapy

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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