Sexual satisfaction is of elemental importance to many people. Research has consistently demonstrated the importance of communication, especially self-disclosure, in intimacy and sexual satisfaction. Literature on intimacy places an emphasis on self-disclosure and partner’s receptiveness. However, little research has examined the associations among all of these variables. This study examined sexual self-disclosure, intimacy, partner’s responsiveness, and sexual satisfaction in a community sample through an online survey. Participants consisted of 308 females and 67 males. Participants were recruited through online advertisements to complete anonymous surveys assessing sexual satisfaction, sexual self-disclosure, intimacy, and partner’s responsiveness. It was hypothesized that intimacy would be a mediator in the relation between sexual self-disclosure and sexual satisfaction, intimacy would be a moderator in the relation between sexual self-disclosure and sexual satisfaction, and partner’s receptiveness would be a moderator in the relation between sexual self disclosure and sexual satisfaction. Multiple regression and hierarchical regression were conducted to examine these hypotheses. The results demonstrated that intimacy mediates relation between sexual self-disclosure and sexual satisfaction. Contrary to our hypotheses, however, intimacy was not found to moderate the relation between sexual self-disclosure and sexual satisfaction. Partner’s responsiveness did not moderate the relation between sexual self-disclosure and sexual satisfaction. No differences were found between males and females. Implications of this study and their relevance to clinical applications were discussed.
|Commitee:||Anderson, Barbara, Mitchell, Valory|
|School:||Alliant International University|
|Department:||San Francisco, CSPP|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-B 76/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Psychology, Clinical psychology|
|Keywords:||Intimacy, Partner receptiveness, Partner responsiveness, Self disclosure, Sexual satisfaction|
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