Maintaining sexual desire in intimate relationships: the importance of approach goals.

  title={Maintaining sexual desire in intimate relationships: the importance of approach goals.},
  author={E. Impett and Amy Strachman and Eli J. Finkel and Shelly L. Gable},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={94 5},
Three studies tested whether adopting strong (relative to weak) approach goals in relationships (i.e., goals focused on the pursuit of positive experiences in one's relationship such as fun, growth, and development) predict greater sexual desire. Study 1 was a 6-month longitudinal study with biweekly assessments of sexual desire. Studies 2 and 3 were 2-week daily experience studies with daily assessments of sexual desire. Results showed that approach relationship goals buffered against declines… 

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