Evidence for the Importance of Relationship Satisfaction for Women’s Sexual Functioning
The New View o f Women’s Sexual Problems criticizes existing clas sification schemes for women’s sexual problems on a number of grounds including their failure to include the relational context in which interpersonal sexual expression occurs. In contrast, the New View pro poses “Sexual Problems Relating to Partner and Relationship” as a ma jor context for understanding women’s sexual problems. Certainly, women’s reports of their experiences of their sexuality support the im portance of relationship to the understanding of women’s sexual func tioning. However, in this commentary, I would like to summarize some of the quantitative research carried out by members of the Sexuality Re search Group at the University of New Brunswick on heterosexual women’s (and men’s) sexual satisfaction based on the Interpersonal Ex change Model of Sexual Satisfaction (IEMSS) (Lawrance & Byers, 1995).1 Our research provides empirical support for the importance of including the relational context in any discussion of women’s sexual functioning in general and their sexual satisfaction in particular.