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Title: Intimacy, Libido, Depressive Symptoms and Marital Satisfaction in Postpartum Couples
Authors: Kunaszuk, Rose Marie Eckert
Keywords: Intimacy;Depression;Marriage;Postpartum Period;Nursing Practice;Sexual Relationship
Issue Date: 21-Aug-2009
Abstract: Objective: This study was designed to explore issues surrounding the intimate and sexual relationship of postpartum couples and the impact of those relationships on marital satisfaction. Methods: A non-experimental, cross-sectional survey design was used. A convenience sample of recent postpartum couples, having given birth to their second or third child and being between six and 24 weeks postpartum, were recruited into the study. The variables examined in this analysis were libido level, intimacy level, depressive symptoms, demographic variables, and as the outcome, marital satisfaction. Univariate and multivariate analyses were conducted to assess relationships. Results: Twenty seven postpartum couples participated in this study. Males reported higher levels of libido than females. While libido level was positively associated with marital satisfaction, for both genders, high emotional intimacy buffered the negative effects of low libido on marital satisfaction. Conclusions: Health care providers can provide support to the postpartum family with knowledge gained from this study. It is important to assess both mothers and fathers of child-bearing families for issues related to intimacy. Fathers should be encouraged to participate in the prenatal and postnatal care of their wives so that health care providers can develop a sense of the family dynamics and be ready to provide support for the new family as needed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/3090
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