The Role of Sexual Communication in Couples' Sexual Outcomes: A Dyadic Path Analysis

J Marital Fam Ther. 2018 Oct;44(4):606-623. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12282. Epub 2017 Oct 16.


In a study of 142 couples, we gathered survey data to show how sexual communication influences sexual and relationship satisfaction as well as sexual and orgasm frequency. In two dyadic data path analyses, we observed the significant paths of influence that sexual communication has on sexual and relationship satisfaction, as well as sexual and orgasm frequency. Our findings revealed greater amounts of sexual communication were associated with increased orgasm frequency in women and greater relationship and sexual satisfaction in both sexes. We also observed important differences in the associations of sexual communication and general communication on satisfaction levels. With these analyses, we expand the current literature to broaden our understanding of the role that sexual communication plays in committed relationships.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Communication*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Orgasm*
  • Personal Satisfaction*
  • Sexual Behavior / psychology*
  • Sexual Partners / psychology*
  • Spouses / psychology*
  • Young Adult