Sexual Satisfaction And Relationship Satisfaction

700 WordsNov 30, 20163 Pages
Sex has been viewed as fundamental for most romantic relationships, but sexual gratification and relationship satisfaction have often been examined separately. In more recent years researchers have explored the association between sexual satisfaction and relationship satisfaction to gain a better understanding of how couples can obtain happy stable relationship (Schmiedeberg & Schröder 2016). The purpose of this literature review is to explore the connection between sexual satisfaction and relationship satisfaction, as well as to inquire information about outside factors that may affect couples inside and outside the bedroom. In order to gain a better understanding of the research a few elements should be defined. Lawrence and Byers defined sexual satisfaction as “an affective response arising from one’s subjective evaluation of the positive and negative dimensions associated with one’s sexual relationship” and they defined relationship satisfaction as “an affective response arising from one’s subjective evaluation of the positive and negative dimensions associated with one’s romantic relationship” (as cited in Fallis, Rehman, Woody, & Purdon, 2016, p.822). Throughout the literature reviewed, a majority of the articles used the Social Exchange Theory to evaluate and better understand their findings. The social exchange theory states that relationships are evaluated based on rewards, cost, and comparison to others (Fallis et al., 2016). In addition, it will be useful to
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