Sexual Desire Discrepancy: A Dyadic Longitudinal Study
Hughes, Anthony A.; Harper, James
Using questionnaires, self-report, and partner report of spouse, this five year longitudinal investigation examined the growth trajectory of the sexual desire discrepancy (SDD) of married partners within midlife, with insecure attachment at time 1 as a predictor. Findings showed that insecure attachment was a significant predictor of wives intercept but not for husbands. Insecure attachment wasn't a significant predictor of either partner's slope. As husbands SDD score changed, their growth across time had an inverse change. Husband slope and intercept had an inverse correlation. Wives intercept and husband intercept correlated or changed together. Wife slope and husband intercept had an inverse correlation. Wife slope and wife intercept had an inverse relationship. The findings also showed a positive attachment correlation for husbands and wives. Treatment implications can be drawn from this investigation.