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Acta de investigación psicológica

versión On-line ISSN 2007-4719versión impresa ISSN 2007-4832


AGUILAR MONTES DE OCA, Yessica Paola et al. Causes of apathy in married and free union couples. Acta de investigación psicol [online]. 2018, vol.8, n.1, pp.83-94. ISSN 2007-4719.

The aim of the present investigation was to determine the most common causes that lead to intimate partner apathy analyzing by sex. We worked with a selected sample through a non-probabilistic intentional sampling, composed by 150 participants, equally divided by sex, who reported were married or living in free union and have children, in the city of Toluca, State of Mexico. We used a questionnaire conformed by six open sentences, which was validated by expert’s judges with a level of agreement higher than 85%. After obtaining the consent of each participant, the applications were individual in public areas of the city. According to the obtained results, it was found that the most common causes of intimate partner apathy are due to: lack of involvement, lack of novelty, non-stimulating activities, conflicts, tiredness, lack of sexual attraction, and external factors. It is interesting to note that many participants remain with apathy in the relationship because of the fear that represents change, although they live without joy and complaining. Thus, the study of apathy can be useful in the sense of encouraging couples to strategies to regain interest within the relationship or to decide to break up with the couple in order to seek satisfaction of their needs or shortcomings and achieve peace or personal balance.

Palabras llave : Apathy; Couple; Men; Women; Mexico.

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