Citation: Lefevor, G. T., Beckstead, A. L., Schow, R. L., Raynes, M., Mansfield, T. R., & Rosik, C. H. (2019). Satisfaction and health within four sexual identity relationship options. The Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 45, 355-369.
–Survey data collected from Sept 2016 to June 2017 on internet Survey Monkey
—N=1782 (See Table 1)
–The final survey contained 97 questions (+subquestions) (30-40 min estimate to respond) including questions on demographics plus 10 domains
-Within the survey, questions were included generally using a 7 point Likert for the following based on pre-existing or created measures
RESULTS AND DISCUSSION
–Possible covariates such as age, time in option, etc were considered but only length of time in option was found to need control and was controlled in our analysis
—Satisfaction in option (see Table 2)
–ANOVA showed all options were significantly different from each other except between SC and SNC
—Kinsey Attraction during the past year was measured and found to be significantly different across groups (see Table 3)
—1-Anxiety, 2-depression, 3-internalized homonegativity, 4-physical health, and 5-life satisfaction (see Table 4) were each found to be significantly different across the 4 groups with SSR showing the most favorable findings and the single groups showing the least favorable findings.
—Using simultaneous regression we identified 9 variables that were found to account for option satisfaction. This is reported for the total group and each option (see Table 5).
These variables were found to explain 25% to 40% of the relationship satisfaction depending on group
Table 5 shows important predictors of satisfaction for various groups
“I meet my needs for connection, intimacy and mutual understanding” was the single most important predictor of satisfaction across all 4 groups
other important predictors–
SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
1) Satisfaction was highest in SSR, followed by MOR while SC and SNC were markedly less satisfied
2) Relationship option has health implications beyond satisfaction in all 5 measured areas
3) Those in SSR and SNC showed the most SS attraction and those in MOR and SC the least, although the explanation for this needs further study
4) Meeting needs for connection is most important for all groups followed by other factors including authentic sexual expression and religious conflict resolution and mental health issues.
5) For both partnered groups, the older participants were and longer they had been in a relationship, the less satisfied they were in their relationship option. That is, MOR and SSR groups evidenced more satisfaction than the SC or SNC groups, even when time in status was controlled for. In fact, the differences in satisfaction between groups would likely be more pronounced with time in status controlled for since people had been in MORs longer than in any other option.