Category: Couples / Close Relationships
Keywords: Couples / Close Relationships | Sexuality | Couple Therapy
Presentation Type: Symposium
OBJECTIVES: Extra-dyadic sexual activity (EDSA) has traditionally been conceptualized as infidelity/cheating, presuming that the vast majority of relationships use a monogamous commitment structure. The current study challenged that assumption, exploring diversity in commitment structures using Latent Profile Analysis (LPA) to identify fundamental commitment classes. The study then examined how different commitment structures impacted trajectories of relationship functioning over time and how they might moderate the impact of EDSA on relationships.
METHODS: An online sample of 529 heterosexual dyads (83% Caucasian; 62% cohabiting; 48% married/engaged; together M = 6.9yrs) completed a baseline survey and 6 monthly diaries (90% provided follow up data).
LPA RESULTS: A 4-class solution provided the best fit, extracting the following relationship classes: MONOGAMOUS (n=263, low EDSA rates, strong pro-monogamy attitudes), OPEN (n=43, high EDSA rates, stronger anti-monogamy attitudes for both partners, agreement on openness, and high levels of awareness of EDSA), AMBIVALENT-MALE (n=122, poor agreement and awareness, twice as much male EDSA, female pro-monogamous), and AMBIVALENT-FEMALE (n=101, poor agreement and awareness, twice as much female EDSA, male pro-monogamous).
University of Rochester
Saturday, November 18
1:15 PM – 2:45 PM
Sunday, November 19
10:15 AM – 11:45 AM
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