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The Relationship of Extramarital Sex, Length of Marriage, and Sex Differences on Marital Satisfaction and Romanticism: Athanasiou's Data Reanalyzed

Shirley P. Glass and Thomas L. Wright
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 39, No. 4 (Nov., 1977), pp. 691-703
DOI: 10.2307/350475
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/350475
Page Count: 13
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The Relationship of Extramarital Sex, Length of Marriage, and Sex Differences on Marital Satisfaction and Romanticism: Athanasiou's Data Reanalyzed
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Abstract

A reanalysis of subjects' responses to a Psychology Today sex questionnaire demonstrated that the relationship between extramarital sex (EMS), self-reported marital satisfaction, and divorce varies differentially for men and women by length of marriage. Divorce rates are higher for EMS than non-EMS women in young marriages and tend to be higher for EMS men in young and old marriages. EMS subjects generally report lower marital satisfaction than non-EMS subjects, except for women in young marriages and men in old marriages. Marital satisfaction declines the longer married, except for EMS husbands. Romanticism is lower for EMS subjects.

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