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Attitudes toward casual sex, dating, and committed relationships with bisexual partners

Attitudes toward casual sex, dating, and committed relationships with bisexual partners
Attitudes toward casual sex, dating, and committed relationships with bisexual partners
Individual attitudes toward having casual sex, dating, and being in a committed relationship with a bisexual partner of the other gender were examined. Three hundred and seventy-three women and 347 men completed the online study. Female participants expressed moderately high levels of insecurity (e.g., worry, pressure, jealousy) toward relationships with bisexual male partners; insecurity tended to increase with the commitment level of the considered relationship. Male participants reported low to moderate levels of insecurity toward relationships with bisexual female partners; insecurity tended to be lowest for casual sex. Numerous predictors of attitudes toward bisexual partners were noted, including tolerance of and beliefs about the stability of a bisexual sexual orientation. The results of this study suggest that underlying misconceptions about bisexuality may be affecting individuals' interest in having relationships with bisexual partners and may represent a challenge to intimacy and stability within the couple.
1529-9716
236-264
Armstrong, Heather L.
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Reissing, Elke D.
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Armstrong, Heather L.
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Reissing, Elke D.
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Armstrong, Heather L. and Reissing, Elke D. (2014) Attitudes toward casual sex, dating, and committed relationships with bisexual partners. Journal of Bisexuality, 14 (2), 236-264. (doi:10.1080/15299716.2014.902784).

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Abstract

Individual attitudes toward having casual sex, dating, and being in a committed relationship with a bisexual partner of the other gender were examined. Three hundred and seventy-three women and 347 men completed the online study. Female participants expressed moderately high levels of insecurity (e.g., worry, pressure, jealousy) toward relationships with bisexual male partners; insecurity tended to increase with the commitment level of the considered relationship. Male participants reported low to moderate levels of insecurity toward relationships with bisexual female partners; insecurity tended to be lowest for casual sex. Numerous predictors of attitudes toward bisexual partners were noted, including tolerance of and beliefs about the stability of a bisexual sexual orientation. The results of this study suggest that underlying misconceptions about bisexuality may be affecting individuals' interest in having relationships with bisexual partners and may represent a challenge to intimacy and stability within the couple.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 19 March 2014
Published date: 3 April 2014

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Local EPrints ID: 429948
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/429948
ISSN: 1529-9716
PURE UUID: e963e056-0512-460f-9a1f-462d561e25aa
ORCID for Heather L. Armstrong: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1071-8644

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Date deposited: 09 Apr 2019 16:30
Last modified: 26 Nov 2019 01:21

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Author: Elke D. Reissing

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