Publication Date

Summer 2020

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Frederick Grieve (Director), Timothy Thornberry, and Christopher Chandler

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Masters of Arts


The purpose of this thesis was to determine whether body image and sexual satisfaction predict romantic relationship satisfaction. The 198 participants completed measures assessing for the predictor and outcome variables. They completed the Body Assessment Scale (BAS; Lorenzen et al., 2004), Index of Sexual Satisfaction (ISS; Hudson, 1998; Hudson et al., 1981), and the Relationship Assessment Scale (RAS; Hendrick, 1988) via a Qualtrics questionnaire. Participants accessed the study online through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (MTurk) database and completion took approximately 10 to 20 minutes. Results suggested that body image and sexual satisfaction significantly and positively predicted relationship satisfaction. The findings from this study can be used to inform healthcare professionals about the etiology, prevention, and treatment of mental health concerns regarding body image, self-esteem, sexual satisfaction, and interpersonal relationships in adults.


Clinical Psychology | Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences