Temperament and character dimensions, marital adjustment, and sexual satisfaction in couples with sexual dysfunction


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Ozturk C. S. , ARKAR H.

KLINIK PSIKIYATRI DERGISI-TURKISH JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PSYCHIATRY, vol.21, no.3, pp.231-244, 2018 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 21 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.5505/kpd.2018.86548
  • Title of Journal : KLINIK PSIKIYATRI DERGISI-TURKISH JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PSYCHIATRY
  • Page Numbers: pp.231-244

Abstract

Object: The objective of the study is to investigate the differences in temperament and character dimensions, marital adjustment and sexual satisfaction between the couples with and without sexual dysfunction (SD). Methods: The study group consists of 78 married women and 23 married men with SD diagnosis according to DSM-IV-TR diagnostic criteria and also their spouses (n=202). The comparison group is composed of married couples without SD (n=200). The participants were applied Personal Information Form, Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI), Golombok-Rust Inventory of Sexual Satisfaction (GRISS), Dyadic Adjustment Scale (DAS). Results: The couples with SD were observed to have higher cooperativeness and self-transcendence and lower self-directedness scores than those of the comparison group. The women partners in the couples with SD were found to take higher harm avoidance and lower self-directedness scores than the women in comparison group. Dyadic satisfaction, affectional expression and DAS total scores in the couples with SD were seen to be significantly less than those of the couples in the comparison group. It was found out that the women in the couples with SD took significantly higher scores in GRISS total score and all subscales, and men in the couples with SD took significantly higher scores in GRISS total score and subscales of satisfaction, avoidance, premature ejaculation and impotence than those in the comparison group. Discussion: It can be said that cyclothymic character, harm avoidance and self-directedness were the risk factors for SD. Marital adjustment and sexual satisfaction are insufficient in the couples with SD.