Psychological Intimacy in the Lasting Relationships of Heterosexual and Same-Gender Couples

  title={Psychological Intimacy in the Lasting Relationships of Heterosexual and Same-Gender Couples},
  author={Richard A. Mackey and Matthew A. Diemer and Bernard A. O'Brien},
  journal={Sex Roles},
This research focused on the meaning of psychological intimacy to partners in heterosexual and same-gender relationships that have lasted for an average of 30 years. In-depth interviews were used to explore the meaning of intimacy to 216 partners in 108 relationships. The participants were whites, blacks, and Mexican-Americans, with Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant religious backgrounds; they were employed in both blue- and white collar occupations.Psychological intimacy was defined as the… 
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