Balancing Work and Family in the 21st Century: Implications for Sexual Satisfaction among Dual-earning Partners

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The Alabama Counseling Association Journal

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Previous research has indicated that work family conflict can lead to significant psychological distress, including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and psychosomatic symptoms. It has also indicated that sexual satisfaction is often considered a critical dimension of love in a relationship, and when an individual’s self perception is negatively altered, sexual attitude can also be altered. This article will explore the relationship between work family conflict and dual learning partners' sexual satisfaction in their relationship. A discussion of the implications for counselors with regard to helping clients address and develop individualized interventions to reduce the stress associated with work family conflict, helping clients regain intimacy and sexual satisfaction in their relationship, and advocating for workforces to become more aware of family unity and its roles in the 21st century are included.