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Relationship issues, 2008

Relationship issues, 2008

In 2008 Relationship Services/Whakawhanaungatanga commissioned UMR Research to conduct an online survey of 1,000 men and women about the sorts of issues couples encounter in sexual relationships. Overall, older women and men were less likely to identify problems in their relationships than younger people. Younger people were more likely to mention problems associated with one partner wanting more sex than the other, and this was more likely to be an issue for women than men. Life problems and difficulties having an orgasm were also more frequently mentioned by younger participants.

The small numbers of men aged 24 and younger in the survey meant that information about them is not included. Those participating in this survey were currently in a sexual relationship or had in the past been in a relationship lasting more than a year.

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Source: UMR Research, Online quantitative survey report on sexual relationships, for Relationship Services/Whakawhanaungatanga, November 2009.

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Louisa Allen, 'Sexualities - Midlife and later life', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 December 2023)

Story by Louisa Allen, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 17 Jul 2018