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Emotional intimacy, empathic concern, and relationship satisfaction in women with endometriosis and their partners


Van Niekerk, LM and Schubert, E and Matthewson, M, Emotional intimacy, empathic concern, and relationship satisfaction in women with endometriosis and their partners, Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology pp. 1-8. ISSN 0167-482X (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/0167482X.2020.1774547


Introduction: This is the first study to explore relationship satisfaction through a dyadic lens in couples living with endometriosis. This is timely and important given that endometriosis is a shared experience within the couple rather than an isolated experience occurring for the individual members of a couple.

Methods: Sixty couples completed online measures assessing emotional intimacy, empathic concern, psychological health, and relationship satisfaction.

Results: Emotional intimacy was associated with one’s own relationship satisfaction and partner emotional intimacy was associated with the woman’s relationship satisfaction in couples living with endometriosis. Women’s empathic concern was unrelated to their own and their partners’ relationship satisfaction. However, partner empathic concern was associated with both their own and the woman’s relationship satisfaction.

Conclusions: Healthcare providers are encouraged to engage partners of women diagnosed with endometriosis in education and treatment processes. This engagement could be used to ascertain, and improve where needed, the emotional intimacy and empathic concern experienced by the couple.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Endometriosis; emotional intimacy, dyadic, relationship satisfaction
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Van Niekerk, LM (Dr Leesa Van Niekerk)
UTAS Author:Schubert, E (Miss Emma Schubert)
UTAS Author:Matthewson, M (Dr Mandy Matthewson)
ID Code:139395
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2020-06-14
Last Modified:2020-07-24

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