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Navigating intimate sexual partnerships in an era of HIV: dimensions of couple relationship quality and satisfaction among adults in Eswatini and linkages to HIV risk

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dc.date.accessioned 2019-09-04T10:15:26Z
dc.date.available 2019-09-04T10:15:26Z
dc.date.issued 2019-09-04 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/14410
dc.description.abstract Couple relationship functioning impacts individual health and well-being, including HIV risk, but scant research has focused on emic understandings of relationship quality in African populations. We explored relationship quality and satisfaction in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) using data from 148 in-depth interviews (117 life-course interviews with 28 adults and 31 interviews with 29 marriage counselors and their clients) and 4 focus group discussions. Love, respect, honesty, trust, communication, sexual satisfaction, and sexual faithfulness emerged as the most salient characteristics of good relationships, with both men and women emphasising love and respect as being most important. Participants desired relationships characterised by such qualities but reported relationship threats in the areas of trust, honesty, and sexual faithfulness. The dimensions of relationship quality identified by this study are consistent with research from other contexts, suggesting cross-cultural similarities in conceptions of a good relationship. Some relationship constructs, particularly respect, may be more salient in a Swazi context. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en
dc.subject HIV/AIDS en
dc.subject COUPLES en
dc.subject LOVE en
dc.subject RESPECT en
dc.subject COMMUNICATION en
dc.subject RISK BEHAVIOUR en
dc.title Navigating intimate sexual partnerships in an era of HIV: dimensions of couple relationship quality and satisfaction among adults in Eswatini and linkages to HIV risk en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 16(1) en
dc.BudgetYear 2019/20 en
dc.ResearchGroup Social Aspects of Public Health en
dc.SourceTitle Sahara J: Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS en
dc.ArchiveNumber 10960 en
dc.URL http://ktree.hsrc.ac.za/doc_read_all.php?docid=21611 en
dc.PageNumber 10-24 en
dc.outputnumber 10064 en
dc.bibliographictitle Ruark, A., Green, E.C., Nunn, A., Kennedy, C., Adams, A., Dlamini-Simelane , T. & Surkan, P.J. (2019) Navigating intimate sexual partnerships in an era of HIV: dimensions of couple relationship quality and satisfaction among adults in Eswatini and linkages to HIV risk. <i>Sahara J: Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS</i>. 16(1):10-24. en
dc.publicationyear 2019 en
dc.contributor.author1 Ruark, A. en
dc.contributor.author2 Green, E.C. en
dc.contributor.author3 Nunn, A. en
dc.contributor.author4 Kennedy, C. en
dc.contributor.author5 Adams, A. en
dc.contributor.author6 Dlamini-Simelane, T. en
dc.contributor.author7 Surkan, P.J. en


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