A Study of the Transition to Parenthood: New Parents’ Perspectives on Their Sexual Intimacy During the Perinatal Period

A Study of the Transition to Parenthood: New Parents’ Perspectives on Their Sexual Intimacy During the Perinatal Period

A Study of the Transition to Parenthood: New Parents’ Perspectives on Their Sexual Intimacy During the Perinatal Period

A Study of the Transition to Parenthood: New Parents’ Perspectives on Their Sexual Intimacy During the Perinatal Periods

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Référence bibliographique [20932]

Lévesque, Sylvie, Bisson, Véronique, Fernet, Mylène et Charton, Laurence. 2019. «A Study of the Transition to Parenthood: New Parents’ Perspectives on Their Sexual Intimacy During the Perinatal Period ». Sexual and Relationship Therapy.

Fiche synthèse

1. Objectifs


Intentions :
«[T]he aim of this article [is] to explore how new parents, as couples and as individuals, perceive and experience their intimacy and sexual intimacy during the changes brought about by first-time contemporary parenthood.» (p. 3)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
«A total of 23 couples (46 parents: 23 mothers who bore the child and 4 mothers and 19 fathers who did not) participated in interviews […].» (p. 4) All these participants were living in the Greater Montreal Area.

Instruments :
Guide d’entretien semi-directif

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse de contenu

3. Résumé


«Overall, the results indicate that, despite the many repercussions for perinatal sexuality, sexual satisfaction appears to have been unaffected for the majority of the interviewed couples. Moreover, these new parents redefined their sexual intimacy during this period by enlarging its representation: it became less focused on performance, penetration, and genitality and more inclusive of a broader repertoire of intimate and loving behaviors, allowing the couples to reaffirm their complicity as partners beyond their role as parents. These findings provide a more nuanced portrayal of the rather bleak depictions presented in the literature to date. [The results also] indicate that the TtoP [transition to parenthood] modulated the frequency of sexual relations and negatively affected sexual desire in the mothers who bore the child. Concurring with other studies that explore the mother’s perspective […], fatigue, lack of energy, stress, prioritization of the parenting role, and the baby’s presence negatively affected sexual desire in mothers in the present study, along with the perceived frequency of sexual relations.» (p. 12)