Intercourse Frequency – Who Compromises More in a Relationship?

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Prof. Leif Edward Ottesen KennairDepartment of PsychologyFaculty of Social and Educational SciencesNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyProf. Leif Edward Ottesen Kennair
Department of Psychology
Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences
Norwegian University of Science and Technology

MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study?  

Response: Previous studies on intercourse frequency mainly focused on individual data, with no possibility to verify the perceived initiative or frequency. Couples data gave us that possibility. Previous studies had also mainly treated relationship quality as one measure. Therefore it was also interesting to distinguish between various aspects of relationship qualities to try to disentangle how these different aspects were related to frequency of intercourse.

In addition we had some ideas about how a measure of sexual personality or sociosexuality—how interested in short-term sex one is—might be relevant for compromise within the relationship?

MedicalResearch.com: What are the main findings? 

Response: Some of the main findings are that the only relationship quality factor that influenced intercourse frequency was passion. That may sound circular, but frequency and quality are not the same measure. So it is better described as specific.

Further, her sociosexual attitudes were related to frequency. In general, men seem to have a larger interest in sex. But his measures were not associated with frequency. It seems that women who differentiate most between relationship quality and emotions and the physical act of sex are more willing to compromise.

MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?

Response: That differences between couples in intercourse frequency is influenced by her sexual personality but not his personality and the couples degree of passion in general, but no other specific relationship  quality. So when couples compromise about such matters it seems he compromises more. 

MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?

Response: Replications are always important. Results from single studies need to be reproduced. Also studies from less gender egalitarian nations would be of interest. Finally, it would be important to consider older cohorts.

MedicalResearch.com: Is there anything else you would like to add?

Response: We are interested in how these findings potentially differ between cultures with lower ratings of gender equality; if women have less say within relationships concerning sexual frequency that might change the associations we found.  

Citation: APAPsych Nit

How intercourse frequency is affected by relationship length, relationship quality, and sexual strategies using couple data.

By Grøntvedt, Trond Viggo,Kennair, Leif Edward Ottesen,Bendixen, Mons

Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, Apr 29 , 2019

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