Intimacy and sexuality in gay male couples

Arch Sex Behav. 1994 Aug;23(4):421-31. doi: 10.1007/BF01541407.


In a study of 320 men (20 to 77 years) in gay relationships, data were gathered on verbal, physical, and emotional intimacy and on sexual aspects of relationship functioning. Independent of relationship duration and partners' age, emotional intimacy predicts relationship satisfaction the best. Sexual satisfaction is best predicted by low sexual distance. Sexual frequency is best predicted by sexual satisfaction. Data analysis indicates that young gay men value emotional aspects of their relationship more than older gay men do. The attitude towards sexual encounters one partner has is related to his actual number of sexual partners and to his partner's attitude.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Homosexuality, Male / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Netherlands
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Sexual Behavior*
  • Social Values