|dc.contributor.author||Pearson, M. Rachel||
|dc.identifier.citation||Pearson, Rachel (2008). Sexual satisfaction and commitment. In Proceedings: 4th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p.97-98||en
|dc.description||Paper presented to the 4th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Wichita State University, April 25, 2008.||en
|dc.description||Research completed at the Department of Psychology, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences||en
|dc.description.abstract||The purpose of this study was to examine the mechanisms by which commitment is associated with
sexual satisfaction. This study expanded on previous research to determine whether three pro-relationship sexual
behaviors (disclosure, motivation to satisfy partner, and emotional bond) would explain a significant amount of
variance in participants’ sexual satisfaction and whether these variables mediated the association between
commitment and sexual satisfaction.
A convenience sample was collected, consisting of 100 undergraduate female students. Participants completed a
survey that included the following measures: Rusbult relationship satisfaction scale, The Global Measure of Sexual
Satisfaction, Rusbult’s commitment scale, and scales created by the researcher to assess the three pro-relationship
There was a statistically significant correlation between sexual satisfaction and relationship satisfaction (r=.70)
and between sexual satisfaction and commitment (r=.57). Commitment was most highly correlated with emotional
bond (r (100)=.70), followed by motivation to satisfy partner (r (100)=.47), and disclosure (r (100)=.36). These results
indicate that women who reported being more committed in their relationship also reported an increased use of the
three pro-relationship sexual behaviors.
Commitment predicted a significant amount of sexual satisfaction variance (r²=.34). When sexual satisfaction was
regressed on total pro-relationship sexual behaviors score, 44% of the variance in sexual satisfaction was accounted for.
When commitment was added, only an additional 4% of variance was accounted for. Thus, the relationship between
commitment and sexual satisfaction is almost completely mediated by the three pro-relationship sexual behavior scales.
Overall the model accounted for 48% of the variance in sexual satisfaction. This research is important in treatment of
sexual difficulties. Commitment is important to sexual satisfaction; the three pro-relationship sexual behaviors are
especially important for sexual functioning.||en
|dc.publisher||Wichita State University. Graduate School.||en
|dc.title||Sexual satisfaction and commitment||en