Trajectories of Sexual Satisfaction and Frequency During and After Couple Therapy for Relationship Distress

Karen Rothman, Larisa N. Cicila, Meghan McGinn, S. Gabe Hatch, Andrew Christensen, Brian D. Doss

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

Using a sample of 134 distressed, different-sex couples, this study investigated the effects of Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy and Traditional Behavioral Couple Therapy on sexual dissatisfaction and sexual frequency both during treatment and in the five years following treatment. Therapy effects depended on treatment type, gender, and whether sexual distress was identified as a presenting problem; while couple therapy may initially improve some aspects of the sexual relationship, impacts tend to fade over follow-up. Couple therapy may benefit from incorporating a greater emphasis on sex and inclusion of techniques from sex therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-223
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Sex and Marital Therapy
Volume47
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Trajectories of Sexual Satisfaction and Frequency During and After Couple Therapy for Relationship Distress'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this