Publication Date

Spring 5-4-2022

Document Type


First Advisor

La France, Betty

Degree Name

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)


Department of Communication


During the early parts of COVID-19, no one knew what to expect. In a world where it was suddenly unacceptable to shake hands or give a hug, how did sexually intimate couples navigate being sexually intimate? In this study, sexual self-disclosures, relationship satisfaction, and sexual communication satisfaction were measured during the COVID-19 pandemic. The costs and rewards of COVID-19 related self-disclosures was also measured to see what people thought was the costliest and how it would impact a sexually intimate relationship. Data was collected using an online survey which had 15 participants. The results indicated that COVID-19 had a negative impact on relationship satisfaction and sexual communication satisfaction. Additionally, COVID-19 self-disclosures had no relationship with sexual self-disclosures. COVID-19 self-disclosures were shown to have a high variability in what people believed were costly.