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Gettin' It On Vs. Givin' It Up: The Association Between Sexual Goals, Interdependence and Sexual Desire in Long-Term Relationships

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dc.contributor.advisor Desmarais, Serge
dc.contributor.author Muise, Amy
dc.date.accessioned 2011-09-12T16:05:05Z
dc.date.available 2011-09-12T16:05:05Z
dc.date.copyright 2011-08
dc.date.created 2011-08-24
dc.date.issued 2011-09-12
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/2972
dc.description.abstract Love and sex change over the course of a relationship. The current research investigates the factors that contribute to sexual desire and sexual satisfaction in long-term couples. In two studies, the association between motivational goals for sex, interdependence, and sexual outcomes were explored. Study 1 was a cross-sectional survey. The results of Study 1 revealed that participants who engaged in sex more often for approach goals reported higher levels of desire, whereas participants who engaged in sex more often for avoidance goals reported lower levels of desire. Study 2 was a 21-day daily experience study involving a subset of the participants from Study 1. The results of Study 2 indicated that on days when participants reported engaging in sex more for approach goals they reported greater sexual desire, whereas on days when participants reported engaging in sex more for avoidance goals they reported lower levels of sexual desire. Partner-focused, as opposed to self-focused sexual goals, were primarily responsible for these associations. In both studies, relationship satisfaction was also associated with higher desire, and this was mediated by the tendency of people who are more satisfied to engage in sex more often for approach goals. In Study 2, approach goals moderated the impact of avoidance goals on sexual desire, and this association differed by gender. Stronger approach goals buffered against declines in sexual desire associated with avoidance goals for women, but not for men. The findings support the utility of applying a motivational framework to the study of sexuality in established couples and the greater relevance of partner-focused sexual goals in long-term relationships. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject sexual desire en_US
dc.subject sexual goals en_US
dc.subject sexual motivation en_US
dc.subject sexual satisfaction en_US
dc.subject relationship satisfaction en_US
dc.subject romantic relationships en_US
dc.subject long-term relationships en_US
dc.subject couples en_US
dc.subject interdependence en_US
dc.title Gettin' It On Vs. Givin' It Up: The Association Between Sexual Goals, Interdependence and Sexual Desire in Long-Term Relationships en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Psychology en_US
dc.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Psychology en_US
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