Non-Monogamous Individuals compared to Monogamous Individuals: The Differences in Their Relationships, Specifically Sexual Risk Behaviors and Level of Trust

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Non-Monogamous Individuals compared to Monogamous Individuals: The Differences in Their Relationships, Specifically Sexual Risk Behaviors and Level of Trust

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Title: Non-Monogamous Individuals compared to Monogamous Individuals: The Differences in Their Relationships, Specifically Sexual Risk Behaviors and Level of Trust
Author: Hinton-Dampf, Amber Marie, 1983-
Keywords: Condom use, Monogamy, Non-monogamy, Polyamorous, Sexual risk behavior, Trust
Date: 2011-01-20
2010
Publisher: University of Missouri--Kansas City
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between sexual-risk behaviors and relationship style (i.e., non-monogamous versus monogamous individuals). Data were collected from an adult sample (ages 18 to 76) of 108 monogamous and 128 non-monogamous individuals via an internet survey. Individuals self-identifying as consensually non-monogamous were hypothesized to report engaging in more safer-sex practices/ fewer sexual-risk behavior) than individuals self-identifying as monogamous. The relationship between trust and condom use was also examined. Consistent with the hypothesis, as compared to monogamous individuals, non-monogamous individuals reported more frequent STI screenings and more frequent condom use when having sex with their non-primary partners. However, there were no differences between the two groups' condom use frequency with primary sexual partners. Among the monogamous group only, there was a significant positive relationship between partner distrust as measured by the perceived likelihood of a partner cheating and the frequency of STI screenings.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10355/9595

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