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Relationship Agreements and Communication in Monogamous and Consensually Non-Monogamous Relationships

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dc.contributor.advisor Milhausen, Robin Martin, Sophie Milhausen, Robin Beaton, John Wood, Jessica Desmarais, Serge Burleigh, Tyler 2017-12-21T15:57:01Z 2017-12-21T15:57:01Z 2017-12 2017-12-01 2017-12-21
dc.description.abstract Consensual non-monogamy (CNM) has gained increasing academic interest and popularity within the media (Conley et al., 2013). The purpose of this study was to investigate agreements and communication across diverse relationship types. Participants were recruited through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, reported their ‘relationship type’ (polyamorous, swinging, open, monogamous), and completed a questionnaire about their agreements and related variables. The most common agreement among CNM participants was to have sex and romantic relationships with whomever they want, as long as there were no secrets. Monogamous participants were most willing to consider engaging in sex with others, as long as it was together. Communication about agreements was more frequently reported in CNM compared to monogamous participants. Overall, this research suggests that participants’ agreements are largely consistent with their identified relationship type; CNM may be characterized by more frequent relational communication than monogamous relationships, but may also rely on a degree of implicit communication. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject consensual non-monogamy en_US
dc.subject monogamy en_US
dc.subject relationship agreements en_US
dc.subject communication en_US
dc.subject relationship transgressions en_US
dc.subject infidelity en_US
dc.subject sexual agreements en_US
dc.subject non-monogamy en_US
dc.subject polyamory en_US
dc.subject swinging en_US
dc.subject open relationships en_US
dc.subject poly en_US
dc.subject CNM desire en_US
dc.subject CNM en_US
dc.subject threesomes en_US
dc.subject dyadic containment en_US
dc.subject explicit communication en_US
dc.subject implicit communication en_US
dc.title Relationship Agreements and Communication in Monogamous and Consensually Non-Monogamous Relationships en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Family Relations and Applied Nutrition en_US Master of Applied Science en_US Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition en_US
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