Common patterns of sense making: A discursive reading of quantitative and interpretative data on sexual boredom
Tunariu, A. and Reavey, Paula 2007. Common patterns of sense making: A discursive reading of quantitative and interpretative data on sexual boredom. British Journal of Social Psychology. 46 (4), pp. 815-837.
|Authors||Tunariu, A. and Reavey, Paula|
This paper explores the notion of sexual boredom through combining the use of qualitative and quantitative methods. Drawing on ideas from discursive psychology, we provide an interpretative reading of both numerical and textual data obtained via a postal questionnaire. Within the mixed‐methods strategy adopted here, the questionnaire is treated as a medium that can deliver interesting material about prevalent linguistic resources, their content and pattern of use, available to romantic partners in making sense of sexual boredom. A total of 144 women and 66 men from the general population completed a set of structured questions, including a Sexual Boredom Scale (SBS; Watt & Ewing, 1996), followed by an open‐ended question prompting more elaborated views on the topic. Statistical analysis found gender to explain some of the variation across SBS scores. An interpretative analysis of respondent ratings of disagreement/agreement and the actual meaning content of the scale's statements also reveals ranked and gendered regularities. Written responses to the open‐ended question were subjected to a thematic analysis, revealing how specific changes to quality of sex, intensity of sexual interest and degree of romantic relatedness with a current partner are used by participants to delineate key dimensions of sexual boredom. Overall, the unfolding narratives of sexual boredom are greatly indebted to a static view of relationship satisfaction founded on wishful expectations for consistent, idealized displays of sexual excitement and interest from oneself and one's partner. The interplay between these understandings and a missing discourse of sexuo‐erotic calmness is also considered.
|Journal||British Journal of Social Psychology|
|Journal citation||46 (4), pp. 815-837|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1348/014466607X177669|
|Web address (URL)||https://doi.org/10.1348/014466607X177669|
|Online||24 Dec 2010|
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|Deposited||22 Jan 2019|
|Copyright information||© 2007 The British Psychological Society|
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