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To Each Their Own: Examining Participant’s Sexual Motivations and Relational Outcomes with Ashley Madison and Primary Partners

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Title: To Each Their Own: Examining Participant’s Sexual Motivations and Relational Outcomes with Ashley Madison and Primary Partners
Author: Velikonja, Linnea
Department: Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Program: Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Advisor: Milhausen, Robin
Abstract: Romantic relationships have been associated with psychological well-being, sexual fulfilment, and personal growth. However, maintaining a satisfying long-term relationship over time can be challenging for partnerships. With satisfaction declining, some resort to extradyadic relationships to fulfill unmet needs. This study used self-determination theory as a framework to investigate how need fulfilment differs across dyadic and extra-dyadic relationships and it’s relation to sexual and relationship satisfaction. Participants completed online measures to investigate motivations for sex and reports of sexual and relational satisfaction with their primary partner and Ashley Madison partner. There were similar motivations for sexual activity across partners. However, participants reported more sexual and relationship satisfaction, and gave more self-determined reasons for sex with their Ashley Madison. Overall, sexual and relationship satisfaction positively correlated with self-determined motivations for sex. Findings help expand the generalizability of the self-determination theory, demonstrating autonomous sexual motivations are associated with relational wellbeing across partner types.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10214/26357
Date: 2021-09
Rights: Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International


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