Sexual experience, attachment styles and types of care in couple relationships

Javier Gómez Zapiain, María José Ortiz, Julen Gómez Lope


The aim of this research was to analyze the relationships between sexual, attachment and care systems and possible gender differences. The main hypothesis proposes that the different attachment styles will associate with erotic experience and care giving system. Regarding to erotic experience, degree of conflict with erotic desire and sexual life satisfaction level, as well as other variables related to sexual behavior were assessed. The care system was analyzed with the following variables: sensitive, compulsive and control care. 213 individuals of both sexes participated.

The data obtained provided empirical support to the hypothesis, showing that those more securely attached tend to be more satisfied with their sexual life, experience less conflict with erotic desire and show greater capacity to offer sensitive care. Insecure people, who tend towards anxiety and avoidance, show significant differences in the opposite direction. Results also highlight significant gender differences.


attachment; sexual desire; couple relationship; care giving; sexuality; gender differences

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