Date of Award
College of Liberal Arts
Type of Degree
Stephen L. O’Keefe
Anonymous data provided by 417 female and 179 male sexually active heterosexual respondents showed that in long term sexual relationships sexual satisfaction was positively correlated with two different intimacy variables, the respondent’s orgasm likelihood, and the partner’s orgasm likelihood and negatively correlated with conflict in the relationship. All were significant predictors together in a multiple linear regression model. Empathic sexuality was defined as sexual response modulated by the sexual arousal or lack of arousal of the partner. Of 696 respondents, 90.3% reported empathic turn-on, 68% reported empathic turn-off, and 63.4% reported both empathic turn-on and turn-off, findings significantly different from a random distribution.
Haning, R. Vernon, "Intimacy, Orgasm Likelihood of Both Partners, Conflict, and Partner Response Predict Sexual Satisfaction In Heterosexual Male and Female Respondents" (2005). Theses, Dissertations and Capstones. 623.