A comparison of the sexual behavior, degree of sexual satisfaction and sexual adjustment of swinging and nonswinging married couples

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1980
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The present study compared the sexual behavior, degree of sexual satisfaction and sexual adjustment of swinging and nonswinging married couples. The purpose of the present study was threefold: a) to provide objective, comparative data about the sexual behavior of swingers and nonswingers, b) to explore individual and interpersonal sexual differences that determine the adoption of a swinging or nonswinging relationship, and c) to propose a conceptual rationale for the sexual intent of swingers to establish a swinging marital relationship. Two hypotheses were proposed to account for the higher than average sexual interest reported by swingers. It was hypothesized that swingers are more sexually interested because they mature sexually at an earlier age and/or to have more heterosexual experiences prior to marriage than nonswinging spouses. It was also hypothesized that swingers desire extramarital sex because they are sexually dissatisfied in their marital relationships. Therefore, swingers were not expected to be sexually well adjusted or sexually satisfied with their spouses. The subjects were thirteen volunteer married nonswinging couples selected from voters registration lists and eight volunteer swinging married couples obtained from the membership of a swinger"s club in the Houston, Texas area. The present investigation found that swingers did not mature sexually at an earlier age nor did they have more heterosexual experiences prior to marriage than nonswingers. In addition, swingers did not differ from nonswingers in the range and frequency of sexual activity enjoyed with their spouses. Contrary to expectations, swingers were found to be more sexually satisfied with their mates and to enjoy a more sexually satisfying relationship with their spouses in comparison to nonswingers. The differences found in the sexual adjustment and sexual satisfaction of the two groups were attributed to the communication and sexual information that swingers share with their spouses. The findings presented indicate that swingers are more sexually satisfied because they learn to be sexual with their spouses as a result of have a diversity of sexual experiences and having experienced a variety of sexual partners. In essence, swinging for swingers was thought to be more sexually satisfying than monogamy for nonswingers, perhaps because swingers communicated more about sexual matters with their mates and possessed more experiential knowledge of sex.

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