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Sexual Frequency and Relationship Outcomes in Young, Heterosexual Couples: The Role of Attachment Style and Sexual Similarity

Sexual Frequency and Relationship Outcomes in Young, Heterosexual Couples: The Role of Attachment Style and Sexual Similarity

Introduction & objectives: Sexuality and sexual satisfaction
are well-established contributors to relationship
satisfaction. In addition, a positively evaluated sex life
has been associated with increased well-being and life
satisfaction in both partners (Schmiedeberg et al.,
2017). Sexual frequency has been shown to contribute
to sexual satisfaction, with higher levels of sexual satisfaction
being associated with higher frequencies of sex,
however, for relationship satisfaction, a satisfying sex
life appears to matter more than the frequency of sexual
intercourse (Schoenfeld et al., 2017). Individuals
bring different propensities and personality
characteristics into their relationship, and research has
shown the impact of attachment styles on the role of
sex in romantic relationships (Birnbaum & Reis, 2018).
Compared to nonsexual personality variables, researchers
have as yet to examine the relevance of individual
differences in sexuality-related domains (e.g., desire,
responsiveness) to sexual aspects in romantic relationships.
This poster aims to address this gap in the literature
and will include both nonsexual (attachment style)
and sexual (sexual similarity) personality traits in the
study of the association between sexual frequency and
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relationship outcomes, in a sample of young heterosexual
couples.
Method(s) & Sample: The sample consisted of 126
heterosexual couples (Mean age= 23.3, SD= 2.4) who
recently, for at most a year and for the first time,
started cohabitating. The average length of cohabitation
was less than 9 months and the average length of the
relationship was 1.9 years (SD=.9). Demographics and
sexual frequency were assessed using questionnaires.
Participants also completed the Couple Satisfaction
Index (CSI-32; Funk & Rogge, 2007), the Quality of
Sex Index (QSI; Shaw & Rogge, 2015), the Experiences
in Close Relationships Questionnaire-Revised (ECR-R;
Fraley, Waller, & Brennan, 2000), and the Sexual
Inhibition (SIS) and Sexual Excitation (SES) scales
(SIS/SES scales; Janssen, Vorst, Finn, &
Bancroft, 2002).
Results: Findings will be presented.
Keywords: sexual frequency, attachment style, sexual
similarity
Source of Funding: Research Council – Flanders
(FWO) & KU Leuven/University of Leuven Internal
Funds (C1).
Conflict of Interest and Disclosure Statement: None

Speakers: Rick Roels