ERIC Number: EJ860194
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 77
Sexual Frequency and the Stability of Marital and Cohabiting Unions
Yabiku, Scott T.; Gager, Constance T.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v71 n4 p983-1000 Nov 2009
Prior research found that lower sexual frequency and satisfaction were associated with higher rates of divorce, but little research had examined the role of sexual activity in the dissolution of cohabiting unions. We drew upon social exchange theory to hypothesize why sexual frequency is more important in cohabitation: (a) cohabitors' lower costs of finding sexual alternatives, (b) cohabitors' lower barriers to ending the relationship in the form of union-specific economic and noneconomic capital, and (c) cohabitors' higher expectations for sexual activity. Using the National Survey of Families and Households (N = 5,902), we examined the relationship between sexual frequency and union dissolution. Results indicated that low sexual frequency was associated with significantly higher rates of union dissolution among cohabitors than married couples.
Descriptors: Sexuality, Social Exchange Theory, Marriage, Marital Satisfaction, Marital Instability, Marital Status, Expectation, Correlation, Interpersonal Relationship
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