Satisfaction in Long-Term Heterosexual Relationships: An Exploration of Discourse and Lived Experience
Colahan, Matthew 2014. Satisfaction in Long-Term Heterosexual Relationships: An Exploration of Discourse and Lived Experience. PhD Thesis University of East London School of Psychology
‘Relationship Satisfaction’ is highly valued within the socio-political language of modern coupledom, and its perceived absence is understood as anxiety-provoking and may prompt partners to self-refer to couples therapy. The psychological literature on the topic is vast, but tends to focus on asserting intra-psychological explanations as a way of ‘objectively knowing’ and ‘improving’ couples’ attempts at ‘doing’ satisfying relating. The present thesis expands the empirical work on relationship satisfaction by drawing on social constructionism and phenomenology to highlight the ways in which the taken-for-granted assumptions of popular discourse shape the possibilities for ‘being satisfied’ within heterosexual relationships.
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.15123/PUB.3998|
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|Deposited||11 Dec 2014|
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