Date of Award:
Master of Science (MS)
Human Development and Family Studies
Department name when degree awarded
Family, Consumer, and Human Development
W. David Robinson
W. David Robinson
Ryan B. Seedall
In this Master's thesis, I describe a study to understand the role that sexual communication plays within committed couple relationships. I used data from a sample of 142 couples who completed an online survey consisting of a battery of quantitative assessments measuring relationship satisfaction, sexual satisfaction, communication processes, and sexual communication.
Through path analysis, a statistical tool that tests relationships between variables, I observed the impact that sexual communication has within couple relationships. In my findings, I highlight the differences between the "what" and "how" behind couples' communications about sex. I examined these findings by gender and found important differences for men and women.
Findings revealed that couples who discussed sex more were more likely to be relationally and sexually satisfied. I also observed the differences in sexual communication and general communication due to the differences in their associations with sexual and relationship satisfaction, respectively. With these analyses I expand the current literature to broaden and deepen our understanding of the role that sexual communication plays in committed relationships.
Jones, Adam C., "The Role of Sexual Communication in Committed Relationships" (2016). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations, Spring 1920 to Summer 2023. 4994.
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