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dc.contributor.advisorFauber, Robert L.
dc.creatorMontesi, Jennifer L.
dc.date.accessioned2020-10-27T15:28:00Z
dc.date.available2020-10-27T15:28:00Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifier.other864885266
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12613/1949
dc.description.abstractIndividuals high in social anxiety report higher interpersonal dependency (e.g., Darcy et al., 2005), lower satisfaction with their sexual communication with their intimate partners (Montesi et al., 2009), less self-disclosure (e.g., Sparrevohn & Rapee, 2009), and less emotional expression (e.g., Spokas et al., 2009) than non-anxious individuals. In comparison to non-anxious individuals, socially anxious individuals also report lower satisfaction with various aspects of their intimate relationships including lower sexual satisfaction (Bodinger et al., 2002), less social and emotional intimacy (Schneier et al., 1994), and lower overall relationship quality (Sparrevohn & Rapee, 2009). The primary aim of the present investigation was to better understand the lack of satisfaction and fulfillment reported by socially anxious individuals in intimate relationships. Data were collected from 135 undergraduate students in committed, heterosexual, monogamous, sexually active partnerships of at least three months duration. Structural equation modeling was used to examine variations of a partially latent structural regression model in which higher social anxiety and higher interpersonal dependency were predictive of higher sexual communication reluctance and, in turn, lower overall relationship satisfaction and higher sexual dissatisfaction. Based on an examination of overall model fit statistics, chi square difference statistics, parameter coefficients, and correlation residuals, two models (one including fear of damaging the relationship and one without this variable) were retained. Both of the retained models, which included direct paths from social anxiety to satisfaction in addition to indirect paths from social anxiety and interpersonal dependency to the outcome satisfaction variables, had excellent fit (Model 1D:X²M=3.48,df=8,p=.90,RMSEA=0.00,CFI=1.00; Model 2D: X²M =15.07,df=14,p=.3, RMSEA=0.02,CFI=0.99). Exploratory hypotheses were examined. Results are discussed in terms of the benefits of open communication between intimate partners about specific areas of the sexual relationship (e.g., sexual fantasies). Future directions of study are proposed.
dc.format.extent122 pages
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherTemple University. Libraries
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dc.subjectPsychology, Clinical
dc.subjectInterpersonal Dependency
dc.subjectIntimate Relationships
dc.subjectRelationship Satisfaction
dc.subjectSexual Communication
dc.subjectSexual Satisfaction
dc.subjectSocial Anxiety
dc.titleThe Sexual Communication of Socially Anxious Individuals in Intimate Relationships: Exploring the Connection Between Social Anxiety and Relationship Satisfaction
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dc.type.genreThesis/Dissertation
dc.contributor.committeememberHeimberg, Richard G.
dc.contributor.committeememberGiovannetti, Tania
dc.contributor.committeememberMcCloskey, Michael S.
dc.contributor.committeememberEfran, Jay S.
dc.contributor.committeememberSchmitz, Mark F.
dc.description.departmentPsychology
dc.relation.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.34944/dspace/1931
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dc.description.degreePh.D.
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