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Emotional intimacy, empathic concern, and relationship satisfaction in women with endometriosis and their partners

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posted on 2023-05-20, 15:05 authored by Leesa Van NiekerkLeesa Van Niekerk, Schubert, E, Mandy MatthewsonMandy Matthewson

Introduction: This is the first study to explore relationship satisfaction through a dyadic lens in couples living with endometriosis. This is timely and important given that endometriosis is a shared experience within the couple rather than an isolated experience occurring for the individual members of a couple.

Methods: Sixty couples completed online measures assessing emotional intimacy, empathic concern, psychological health, and relationship satisfaction.

Results: Emotional intimacy was associated with one’s own relationship satisfaction and partner emotional intimacy was associated with the woman’s relationship satisfaction in couples living with endometriosis. Women’s empathic concern was unrelated to their own and their partners’ relationship satisfaction. However, partner empathic concern was associated with both their own and the woman’s relationship satisfaction.

Conclusions: Healthcare providers are encouraged to engage partners of women diagnosed with endometriosis in education and treatment processes. This engagement could be used to ascertain, and improve where needed, the emotional intimacy and empathic concern experienced by the couple.


Publication title

Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology






School of Psychological Sciences


Parthenon Publishing Group

Place of publication

Richmond House, White Cross, South Road, Lancaster, England, La1 4Xq

Rights statement

Copyright 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Repository Status

  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Clinical health not elsewhere classified; Mental health services; Women's and maternal health