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Non-monogamy and sexual relationship quality among same-sex male couples.
J Fam Psychol. 2012 Oct; 26(5):669-77.JF

Abstract

Relationship arrangements about sex with outside partners are common among gay couples, and meaningful distinctions in psychological and behavioral health correlates have been found among nonmonogamous agreement types. The goal of this study was to investigate the relationship between sexual agreements and partners' sexual relationship quality. Data were collected from both members of 161 gay male couples (n = 322 individuals). Couples were categorized as monogamous (52.8%), open (13.0%), monogamish (14.9%), and discrepant (19.3%). We used the actor-partner interdependence model (APIM) to assess associations of relationship arrangement with four aspects of sexual relationship quality: sexual satisfaction, sexual communication, sexual jealousy, and the occurrence of at-least weekly sex between main partners. We found that sexual arrangements were not associated with sexual satisfaction, communication, or frequency. However, monogamous men reported significantly higher levels of sexual jealousy. Our findings indicate that gay men engage in a range of relationship agreements, and nonmonogamous agreements are associated with levels of sexual relationship quality equivalent to monogamous agreements.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, Center for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies and Training (CHEST), Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), 695 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065, USA. jeffrey.parsons@hunter.cuny.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22906124

Citation

Parsons, Jeffrey T., et al. "Non-monogamy and Sexual Relationship Quality Among Same-sex Male Couples." Journal of Family Psychology : JFP : Journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43), vol. 26, no. 5, 2012, pp. 669-77.
Parsons JT, Starks TJ, Gamarel KE, et al. Non-monogamy and sexual relationship quality among same-sex male couples. J Fam Psychol. 2012;26(5):669-77.
Parsons, J. T., Starks, T. J., Gamarel, K. E., & Grov, C. (2012). Non-monogamy and sexual relationship quality among same-sex male couples. Journal of Family Psychology : JFP : Journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43), 26(5), 669-77. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0029561
Parsons JT, et al. Non-monogamy and Sexual Relationship Quality Among Same-sex Male Couples. J Fam Psychol. 2012;26(5):669-77. PubMed PMID: 22906124.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Non-monogamy and sexual relationship quality among same-sex male couples. AU - Parsons,Jeffrey T, AU - Starks,Tyrel J, AU - Gamarel,Kristi E, AU - Grov,Christian, Y1 - 2012/08/20/ PY - 2012/8/22/entrez PY - 2012/8/22/pubmed PY - 2013/4/9/medline SP - 669 EP - 77 JF - Journal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43) JO - J Fam Psychol VL - 26 IS - 5 N2 - Relationship arrangements about sex with outside partners are common among gay couples, and meaningful distinctions in psychological and behavioral health correlates have been found among nonmonogamous agreement types. The goal of this study was to investigate the relationship between sexual agreements and partners' sexual relationship quality. Data were collected from both members of 161 gay male couples (n = 322 individuals). Couples were categorized as monogamous (52.8%), open (13.0%), monogamish (14.9%), and discrepant (19.3%). We used the actor-partner interdependence model (APIM) to assess associations of relationship arrangement with four aspects of sexual relationship quality: sexual satisfaction, sexual communication, sexual jealousy, and the occurrence of at-least weekly sex between main partners. We found that sexual arrangements were not associated with sexual satisfaction, communication, or frequency. However, monogamous men reported significantly higher levels of sexual jealousy. Our findings indicate that gay men engage in a range of relationship agreements, and nonmonogamous agreements are associated with levels of sexual relationship quality equivalent to monogamous agreements. SN - 1939-1293 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22906124/Non_monogamy_and_sexual_relationship_quality_among_same_sex_male_couples_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -