Intimacy domains in men as a predictor of their relational satisfaction

Robin Chester, Tennessee State University


The researcher combined intimacy, a component of relationship satisfaction, and interpersonal relationships, by primarily looking at men's intimacy domains and its effect on interpersonal relationship satisfaction. The researcher will use multiple regression analysis to examine the data. The data was collected through an online survey that was administered to a volunteer sample (n = 32) of men ages 18 and older, who are involved in committed interpersonal relationships lasting at least 12 consistent months. Intimacy domains were defined by an interpersonal relationship that involves seven core areas physical intimacy, intellectual intimacy, emotional/empathetic intimacy, committed intimacy, sexual intimacy, spiritual intimacy, and social intimacy. Interpersonal relationship is defined as the attraction between people which leads to friendships and/or a romantic relationship. Preliminary analysis identified marital status as the closest demographic that indicate relationship satisfaction. Results show that intellectual, social, emotional commitment and physical/recreational intimacy have an effect on relationship satisfaction. The extent which these domains impact relationship satisfaction was only indicative in this research, and would needs a larger sample size to further understand the relative strengths of these domains.

Subject Area

Behavioral psychology|Social psychology|Counseling Psychology|Gender studies

Recommended Citation

Robin Chester, "Intimacy domains in men as a predictor of their relational satisfaction" (2011). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI1492244.