Sexuality, quality of life and quality of the couple relationship. A study promoted by the Italian Federation of Scientific Sexology on a nonclinical sample
Journal Title: RIVISTA DI SESSUOLOGIA CLINICA
Author/s: Vieri Boncinelli, Salvatore Caruso, Andrea Genazzani, Maria Teresa Molo, Cristina Civilotti, Giulia Di Fini, Cristina Rossetto, Silvia Testa, Giuseppina Barbero, Domenico Trotta, Fabio Veglia
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The study aims to identify, on a non-clinical sample distributed on the Italian territory, the relationships between couple satisfaction, sexual satisfaction and quality of life, analysing possible differences according to sociodemographic variables, such as age, gender and education.
A self-report questionnaire with many tools was administrated: questionnaire about sexual activities, DAS, PGWBI. The recruitment of participants took place on a voluntary basis through FISS locations throughout Italy. The final number of questionnaires analysed is 963 (58.7% women and 41.3% men). The majority of the sample has achieved the DAS score above the cut-off. It was found a positive correlation between this variable and the scores on the scale related to sexual complicity-satisfaction. The perception of the quality of life was positively correlated to the quality of the couple relationship. As regards the sexual satisfaction, men and women are similarly distributed on satisfaction-dissatisfaction continuum. The last two age groups considered (from 41 to 50 years and from 51 to 60 years) resulted less sexually satisfied. Regarding the variable of not Penile-Vaginal Intercouse (not PVI), men recorded a higher frequency than women. The scale related to these practices was positively correlated to the sexual complicity-satisfaction scale. A picture of sexuality in Italy emerged showing how the subjects are generally satisfied with their sex life and couple life and how the two types of satisfaction are related. An updated description of these issues can be useful in order to mobilize the competent professionals to implement information programmes and sexual education for the population.
Keywords: Sexual satisfaction, sexual practices, quality of life, couple relationship.
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Vieri Boncinelli, Salvatore Caruso, Andrea Genazzani, Maria Teresa Molo, Cristina Civilotti, Giulia Di Fini, Cristina Rossetto, Silvia Testa, Giuseppina Barbero, Domenico Trotta, Fabio Veglia, Sexuality, quality of life and quality of the couple relationship. A study promoted by the Italian Federation of Scientific Sexology on a nonclinical sample in "RIVISTA DI SESSUOLOGIA CLINICA" 2/2016, pp. 57-78, DOI:10.3280/RSC2016-002004