Sexual Satisfaction in Relationships: A Comparative Study

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Dr. Eric Landrum


I examined the levels of sexual satisfaction in committed relationships, dating relationships and single individuals. Two hundred thirty-four questions were asked to a pool of 118 participants during about a 45 minute omnibus survey. The survey covered multiple study topics with a wide variety of questions, although each study was only allowed six questions. I formed various hypotheses about sexual satisfaction in relation to gender, relationship status, and relationship length. There was no significant difference between sexual satisfaction and length of relationship; however, there was a significant difference among males and females sexual satisfaction related to how long they had been in their relationship. Females reported higher sexual satisfaction in shorter relationship lengths, whereas males report higher sexual satisfaction during longer relationship lengths. The results of this study indicated that there was no significant difference in sexual satisfaction among the single, committed relationship, and dating relationships or the length of time involved in their relationships. Although the study was focused on sexual satisfaction in couples involved in dating and committed relationships, both single males and females answered a question measuring sexual satisfaction in their relationship. Single females answered this to a slightly more positive degree than single males. A major limitation to this study was the low number of participants in the study. Also, there were a disproportionate amount of individuals in dating relationships, versus those in married or committed relationships which made comparisons difficult. The findings of this study could be useful in providing insight about sexual satisfaction in different kinds of relationships. This information could provide prospective couples with useful information about the way other couples view sexual satisfaction in their respective situations.

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