Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Sexuality in Couples

  • Noelany PelcEmail author
  • Dena Abbott
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_420

Name of Entry

Sexuality in Couples


Couples and sexuality; Sex and Couples


Sexuality, broadly, refers to gender and sexual identities, sexual pleasure and intimacy, and reproduction and is influenced by intrapersonal, interpersonal, and systemic factors and is an integral component of overall well-being. In the context of a couple, sexuality encompasses internal reactions and relational components that influence the experience and expression of sexuality. For the purposes of this entry, couples will be defined as marital, cohabitational, romantic or sexual partners, with an acknowledgement that couples can also include non-monogamous relationships and diverse permutations of partnership. Furthermore, sexuality in a couple includes the process of seeking out, initiating, and sustaining activity in a romantic or sexual context across the lifespan. Sexual expression can be influenced by physical health, mental health, relationship quality, access to partners,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology and Family TherapySeton Hall UniversitySouth OrangeUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychology and Behavioral SciencesLouisiana Tech UniversityRustonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Farrah Hughes
    • 1
  • Allen Sabey
    • 2
  1. 1.Employee Assistance ProgramMcLeod HealthFlorenceUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA