September 23, 2011 13:56
Married couples where the wife has stronger decision-making power tend to have less sex than those where the relationship is the other way round, according to a study led by Michelle Hindin at the Bloomberg School's Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins University.
The study is based on statistical analysis of nationally representative data from six countries in Africa: Ghana, Malawi, Mali, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. The respondents were asked when they last had sexual intercourse and who has the final say in important matters in the family. "Important matters" included going to hospital, making an expensive purchase, buying daily necessities, and visiting families and friends.
The researchers said that the time lapse between sexual intercourse was three to 100 times longer among couples where the women had the final say. The stronger the woman, the longer the interval.
The study will be published in the October edition of the Journal of Sex Research.
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