Extradyadic sex and union dissolution among young adults in opposite-sex married and cohabiting unions

Citation

Frisco, Michelle; Wenger, Marin Y.; & Kreager, Derek A. (2017). Extradyadic sex and union dissolution among young adults in opposite-sex married and cohabiting unions. Social Science Research. vol. 62 pp. 291-304

Abstract

This study investigates extradyadic sex (EDS) among contemporary opposite-sex married and cohabiting young adults and examines how EDS is associated with union dissolution. By analyzing data from 8301 opposite-sex spouses and cohabiters in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, we estimate the prevalence of self-reported EDS, reports of partners' EDS, and reports of mutual EDS (i.e., both partners' engagement in EDS). Roughly 1 in 4 respondents reported that either they, their partner or both engaged in EDS. Young men were more likely than women to self-report EDS, while young women were more likely to report partners' EDS. Relative to no EDS, partners' EDS was associated with union dissolution, but self-reported EDS and mutual EDS were not. Partner's EDS was also associated with union dissolution relative to self-reported EDS. Associations between partner's EDS and dissolution were consistent among spouses and cohabiters and among men and women.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssresearch.2016.08.013

Keyword(s)

Cohabitation Divorce Extradyadic sex Infidelity Union dissolution

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Social Science Research

Author(s)

Frisco, Michelle
Wenger, Marin Y.
Kreager, Derek A.

Year Published

2017

Volume Number

62

Pages

291-304

Edition

August 27, 2016

DOI

10.1016/j.ssresearch.2016.08.013

Reference ID

8181