Assistant Professor of Psychology Brien K. Ashdown recently co-authored a study “In and Out of the Bedroom: Sexual Satisfaction in the Marital Relationship” that appears in the Journal of Integrated Social Sciences.
Written with Jana Hackathorn, Ph.D. of Murray State University and Eddie M. Clark, Ph.D. of Saint Louis University, the “study investigated both sexual and non-sexual variables associated with sexual satisfaction,” according to its abstract.
The authors cite the National Vital Statistics Report that approximately 50 percent of marriages in the United States end in divorce. In their study, they look at sexual satisfaction as a source of marital instability and potentially, of divorce.
Ashdown joined the faculty in 2011, having held previous positions at St. Louis University and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His research interests are in the cultural influences on adolescent and emerging adulthood social development (specifically, development of group identity and attitudes, prejudice, religious development, sexual behaviors and attitudes, and attachment/exploration); indigenous psychology; and teaching of psychology.
He earned a B.A. in psychology and in Spanish from Weber State University, and an M.S.(R) and Ph.D. in psychology from Saint Louis University.
The full journal article can be found online.