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Sex Tied to Happiness, At Least In Married Seniors

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Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on November 21, 2011

Sex Tied to Happiness, At Least In Married SeniorsA new report finds that among married seniors, marital happiness is often associated with intimacy.

Researchers determined sexual frequency is linked to a couple’s happiness with both their lives and their marriage.

The new finding is based on a public opinion poll of non-institutionalized English and Spanish-speaking person 18 years of age or older living in the U.S.

The data analysis was conducted by Adrienne Jackson, Ph.D., M.P.A., an assistant professor at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.

“This study will help open the lines of communication and spark interest in developing ‘outside the box’ approaches to dealing with resolvable issues that limit or prevent older adults from participating in sexual activity,” said Jackson.

“Highlighting the relationship between sex and happiness will help us in developing and organizing specific sexual health interventions for this growing segment of our population.”

From the analysis of 238 married individuals age 65 years or older, Jackson discovered that frequency of sexual activity was a significant predictor of both general and marital happiness. The connotation remained after accounting for factors such as age, gender, health status, and satisfaction with financial situation.

Sexual activity appears to make a difference as only 40 percent of individuals who reported no sexual activity in the last 12 months said they were very happy with life in general, while almost 60 percent who engaged in sexual activity more than once a month said they were very happy.

Similarly, while about 59 percent of individuals who reported no sexual activity in the last 12 months said they were very happy with their marriage, almost 80 percent who had sex more than once a month said they were very happy.

Source: The Gerontological Society of America

 

APA Reference
Nauert, R. (2011). Sex Tied to Happiness, At Least In Married Seniors. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 20, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/news/2011/11/21/sex-tied-to-happiness-at-least-in-married-seniors/31724.html