Title

Relationship Context, Body-Esteem, Religiosity, and Sexual Experience: Associations with Well-Being and Relationship Status

Keywords

relationship context, body-esteem, religiosity, sexuality, relationship status

Abstract

In this study we explored why there are sometimes conflicting findings regarding the influence of past sexual experience on relationships. Consequently, we studied the effects of body-esteem and religiosity on sexual experience in two relational contexts (casual or committed relationships) and how all of these variables were associated with life satisfaction, and the likelihood that a person would be married by their early thirties. With a national sample of 4966 participants, our results indicated that sexual experiences in casual relationships had negative associations with life satisfaction and relationship status, whereas sexual experiences in committed relationships had positive associations.

Original Publication Citation

Busby, D. M., Blum, J., Leonhardt, N. D. (2020). Relationship context, body-esteem, religiosity, and sexual experience: Associations with well-being and relationship status. American Journal of Family Therapy.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2020-04-01

Publisher

The American Journal of Family Therapy

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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