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The relationship between sex life satisfaction and job stress of married nurses

Hsiu-Hui Lee12, For-Wey Lung34*, Pei-Rong Lee5, Wei-Tsung Kao6 and Yu-Lan Lee1

Author Affiliations

1 Nursing Department, Kaohsiung Armed Forces General Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2 National Kaohsiung Marine University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

3 Songde Branch, Taipei City Hospital, No.309, Songde Rd., Xinyi Dist., Taipei City 11080, Taiwan

4 Department of Psychiatry, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan

5 Nursing Department, Tzu-Chi University, Hualien, Taiwan

6 Psychiatric Department, Kaohsiung Armed Forces General Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

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BMC Research Notes 2012, 5:445  doi:10.1186/1756-0500-5-445

Published: 19 August 2012



The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship among work stress, sex life satisfaction, and mental health of married nurses. Demographic information, work stress, sex life satisfaction, sexual desire and mental health measured using the Chinese Health Questionnaire, data were collected from 100 married nurses in Taiwan.


Sex life satisfaction and age were negatively correlated, but sex life satisfaction and sexual desire were positively correlated. The mental health of over-committed nursing staff was not affected. Higher reward for effort was positively correlated with sex life satisfaction.


No matter whether job stress was high or low, receiving a higher reward for effort led to better sex life satisfaction, which had a satisfying positive effect on the nurses' lives. To improve nursing care quality at the hospital, nursing administrators should assist nurses in confronting work stress via positive adjustment, which is associated with the nurses’ sexual harmony, and quality of life.

Effort-reward imbalance; Mental health; Sexual desires; Sex life satisfaction