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Intercorrelations Among the Script Variables for Foreplay and Intercourse 

Intercorrelations Among the Script Variables for Foreplay and Intercourse 

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One hundred and fifty-two heterosexual couples reported their actual and ideal duration of foreplay and intercourse, as well as their perceptions of their partners' desired duration of foreplay and intercourse. Further, participants reported the duration of foreplay and intercourse that they felt most men and most women wanted. Ideal length of fore...

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... Interestingly, the fact that actual and perceived desire discrepancies differed in these studies implies that-sometimes-one member of the couple must have misperceived his or her partner's level of sexual desire. Consistent with that idea, Miller and Byers (2004) found that women, but not men, significantly underestimated their partners' desired duration of sexual foreplay and intercourse. Although the authors did not evaluate how this misperception impacted sexual or relationship satisfaction, it seems possible that, when an individual's desire is misperceived by their partner, that individual's own level of satisfaction might be impacted. ...
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... Importantly, however, perceptions of a sexual partner's beliefs or desires are not guaranteed to be accurate. Past research has found that men underperceive their female partners' sexual desire (Muise et al., 2016), and women underperceive their male partners' desire to engage in behaviors such as foreplay (Miller & Byers, 2004). Therefore, our goal for Study 2 was to investigate the relationship between a person's sexual rejection sensitivity and their partner's actual sexual growth mindset by surveying a dyadic sample of mixed-sex couples. ...
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... Women always desire longer duration of foreplay and intercourse, whereas men desire a significantly shorter duration of foreplay and intercourse than women want [6]. ...
... Most of the participants (51%) reported that they play an active role in foreplay, and 72% of them reported that their husbands were interested in foreplay during love making. In agreement with these results is a study done by Millers and Byers [6] on 152 heterosexual couples that reported their actual and ideal duration of foreplay and intercourse, as well as their perceptions of their partners' desired duration of foreplay and intercourse. Furthermore, participants reported the duration of foreplay and intercourse that they felt most men and women wanted. ...