Communication and the emotional, cognitive, and relational consequences of first sexual encounters between partners

Jennifer A. Theiss, Denise Haunani Solomon

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Abstract

The initial sexual encounter between partners can be a salient relationship event that constitutes an important turning point in relationship development. The goal of this study was to examine the associations between communication and outcomes of initial coitus between partners. We hypothesized that communication would correspond with the emotional, cognitive, and relational outcomes of initial coitus, over and above the effects of individual and relational factors. Results supported the hypothesized associations between communication and sexual outcomes. The discussion highlights the implications of initial coitus as a turning point in relationship development and proposes future directions for research on sexual intimacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-206
Number of pages28
JournalCommunication Quarterly
Volume55
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication

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