Monogamy a Dicey Issue for Young Couples, Married or Not

by Tanya Thomas on  January 25, 2011 at 7:31 AM Sexual Health News
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A new study that examined the concept of monogamy in young married couples found that for many, it's a 'complicated' issue.
 Monogamy a Dicey Issue for Young Couples, Married or Not
Monogamy a Dicey Issue for Young Couples, Married or Not

"Couples have a hard time talking about these sorts of issues, and I would imagine for young people it's even more difficult," Live Science quoted Jocelyn Warren of Oregon State University as saying.

"Monogamy comes up quite a bit as a way to protect against sexually transmitted diseases. But you can see that agreement on whether one is monogamous or not is fraught with issues."

The study of 434 married and unmarried couples ages 18-25 revealed that about 40 percent of young couples had differing opinions about how exclusive their relationship was, and even among those who were on the same page, about 30 percent reported having cheated.

The only indicator of exclusivity was the emotional commitment the partners reported investing in the relationship, assessed using a scale from 1-5 with 5 being the highest.

Researcher Marie Harvey said that young couples in a monogamous relationship such as a marriage should be encouraged to have protected sex.

Even if the person says his or her partner is monogamous, the clinician "may want to think about advising that young person to use protection," Harvey said, since for many young adults, whether or not they know it, their relationship status remains: "It's complicated."

The study will be published in an issue of the Journal of Sex Research.

Source: ANI

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ennairam_23 Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Monogamy is a touchy issue in a relationship particularly in men. Men are polygamous in nature. It's in their genes so we women can't really do anything about that. What women can do is to protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases that they can get from their cheating partners. Safe sex is still a priority.

DollarsAndSex Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The press release put out by the Oregon State University grossly misrepresents what this research tells us. The sample of individuals in the study includes only people who have been engaging in high risk sexual behavior. The results cannot be extended to tell us anything about the average American and, frankly, it is irresponsible to try and do so. I talk about this on my blog Dollars and Sex on the Big Think website []

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