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Emotional intimacy, empathic concern, and relationship satisfaction in women with endometriosis and their partners

Van Niekerk, LM, Schubert, E and Matthewson, M ORCID: 0000-0002-1122-3977 2020 , 'Emotional intimacy, empathic concern, and relationship satisfaction in women with endometriosis and their partners' , Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology , pp. 1-8 , doi: 10.1080/0167482X.2020.1774547.

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Abstract

Introduction: This is the first study to explore relationship satisfaction through a dyadic lens in couples living with endometriosis. This is timely and important given that endometriosis is a shared experience within the couple rather than an isolated experience occurring for the individual members of a couple.Methods: Sixty couples completed online measures assessing emotional intimacy, empathic concern, psychological health, and relationship satisfaction.Results: Emotional intimacy was associated with one’s own relationship satisfaction and partner emotional intimacy was associated with the woman’s relationship satisfaction in couples living with endometriosis. Women’s empathic concern was unrelated to their own and their partners’ relationship satisfaction. However, partner empathic concern was associated with both their own and the woman’s relationship satisfaction.Conclusions: Healthcare providers are encouraged to engage partners of women diagnosed with endometriosis in education and treatment processes. This engagement could be used to ascertain, and improve where needed, the emotional intimacy and empathic concern experienced by the couple.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Van Niekerk, LM and Schubert, E and Matthewson, M
Keywords: Endometriosis; emotional intimacy, dyadic, relationship satisfaction
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology
Publisher: Parthenon Publishing Group
ISSN: 0167-482X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/0167482X.2020.1774547
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