-- Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, Dec. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Frequent sex can help
neurotic newlyweds achieve the same level of marital bliss as other
newlyweds, a new study finds.
People who are neurotic tend to have more difficulty with
relationships and marriage because they are more prone to
irritation, mood swings and worry, according to the study, recently
published online in the journal
Social Psychological and Personality Science.
"High levels of neuroticism are more strongly associated with bad marital outcomes than any other personality factor," the University of Tennessee researchers wrote in a journal news release.
In this study, the researchers followed 72 newlyweds over their
first four years of marriage. On average, the couples reported
having sexual intercourse about once a week for the first six
months of marriage and about three times a month by the fourth year
Overall, marital satisfaction was not associated with the amount
of sex. But there was one exception. Frequent sex did improve the
marital satisfaction of spouses with high levels of
The researchers explained that frequent sexual activity
eliminates the "happiness deficit" that tends to occur in neurotic
"Frequent sex is one way that some neurotic people are able to maintain satisfying relationships," the authors wrote.
The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy offers
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