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PRETORIUS(NEE) VILJOEN, Rinee; VENTER, Christiaan A. and DE KLERK, Barend J.. The perceptions and attitudes of religious newlywedded couples regarding sexual intimacy in the marriage. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2013, vol.47, n.1, pp.150-160. ISSN 2305-0853.
This article is based on empirical research done to explore the perceptions and attitudes of religious newlywedded couples regarding sexual intimacy in the marriage. The research focused on how the couples regard a relationship in which sexual intimacy can be enjoyed and experienced; what, in their opinion, the husband and the wife's responsibilities are towards each other regarding sex; what their perceptions are about the freedom that sexual intimacy offers in marriage, and what marital exclusivity regarding sexual intimacy means to each of the participants. A qualitative research design was used and seven religious couples that were married less than two years (N = 11) participated in this research. The research data was obtained by using a short questionnaire and semi-structured interviews which were conducted with some of the participants. Rich data was obtained and many themes were identified. These themes correspond well with the basic-theoretical and meta-theoretical perspectives that served as underpinning for the research.