Bélanger, Claude; Laughrea, Kathleen; Lafontaine, Marie-France
September 2001
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2001, Vol. 10 Issue 3/4, p91
Academic Journal
The aim of this study was to explore the influence of different forms of anger on sexual satisfaction in marriage. The sample consisted of 192 French-Canadian heterosexual couples recruited from clinical and non-clinical populations. Regression analyses suggested that the wife's sexual satisfaction is best explained by her disposition to perceive a wide range of situations as annoying or frustrating (Trait Anger), and by how often her angry feelings toward her partner are held or suppressed (Anger-in) or expressed in an angry manner (Anger-out). Her sexual satisfaction was also explained by the intensity of angry feelings from her husband (State Anger). Furthermore, the husband's State Anger, his Anger-in and his wife's Anger-out expression predicted a significant part of the variance in his sexual satisfaction. Results and clinical implications are analyzed in view of gender differences. Recommendations for future research are discussed.


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