Sexual satisfaction among married women age 50 and older

Psychol Rep. 2000 Jun;86(3 Pt 2):1107-22. doi: 10.2466/pr0.2000.86.3c.1107.


Correlates of sexual satisfaction were identified in a sample of older married women. A 70-item questionnaire was mailed to an age-stratified sample of 5,000 married persons, including 1,000 married women over the age of 50. Usable questionnaires were received from 148 participants (14.8% return rate). Hierarchical multiple regression analysis, using sexual satisfaction as the dependent variable, yielded five predictor variables that accounted for a significant portion of the variation in sexual satisfaction (Cumulative R2 = .73). These results serve as a reminder that sexual interactions cannot be compartmentalized but must be considered within the context of the overall marriage relationship. Given the low return rate, interpretations should be limited until replication with an adequate sample has been completed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aging / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Marriage / psychology*
  • Menopause / psychology
  • Middle Aged
  • Reference Values
  • Sexual Behavior*