The effects of the menopause on marital and sexual satisfaction

Date of Award




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

First Committee Member

Bruce D. Forman, Committee Chair


This study investigated the effects of menopause on marital and sexual satisfaction. The research hypothesis predicted that there would be no difference between pre- and post-menopausal husbands, wives, or couples on the variables of dyadic adjustment, sexual satisfaction, or behavioral exchange patterns.The Behavior Exchange Inventory (BEI) intimate scales, the Dyadic Adjustment Scale (DAS), and the Pinney Sexual Satisfaction Inventory (PSSI) were administered to 40 couples recruited through a south Florida Catholic Church. Stepwise discriminant analysis and $t$-tests were used to assess the relationship among behavior exchange patterns, dyadic adjustment, sexual satisfaction, menopausal status, and gender.Results supported the hypothesis that, for this sample, there were no differences between the pre- and post-menopausal groupings on any of the variables under consideration. Nonstatistically significant trends were found for greater dyadic adjustment for post-menopausal wives for the Behavior Exchange Inventory's Refusing to Give Negative to Intimate scale among post-menopausal husbands, and for higher sexual satisfaction for post-menopausal couples.


Psychology, Social; Psychology, General

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