Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 34, Issue 3, pp 376–390 | Cite as

The Impact of Depressive Symptoms and Health on Sexual Satisfaction for Older Couples: Implications for Clinicians

  • Victoria C. Scott
  • Jonathan G. Sandberg
  • James M. Harper
  • Richard B. Miller
Original Paper


This study of 535 older married couples examined the relationship between depression and health and sexual satisfaction directly and when mediated by communication. The sample included 535 older couples who completed a survey questionnaire known as Project Couple Retire. Among the items in the questionnaire were measures of depression, health, perception of sexual intimacy, communication and other demographic information. Results from Structural Equation Modeling indicated that for women, health was a significant predictor of sexual satisfaction. For both genders, the results suggest that depression, when mediated by communication, is a predictor of sexual satisfaction among older couples. Implications for clinicians are discussed.


Sexual satisfaction Health Depression Older adults 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Victoria C. Scott
    • 1
  • Jonathan G. Sandberg
    • 1
  • James M. Harper
    • 1
  • Richard B. Miller
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Family LifeBrigham Young UniversityProvoUSA

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