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Findings from Survey on Sexual Health and Behavior

Arch Sex Behav; ePub 2018 Apr 25; Levine, et al

Identities, experiences, and behaviors within open and other consensually nonmonogamous populations should be regarded as unique and diverse, rather than conflated with those common to other relationship structures. This according to a recent study that explored sociodemographic correlates with open relationships and associations between relationship structure and sexual risk, HIV/STI testing, and relationship satisfaction in a nationally representative probability sample. Data were drawn from the 2012 National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior (n=2,270). Researchers used multinomial logistic regression to identify correlates with relationship structure, and linear and logistic regression to investigate associations between relationship structure and testing, condom use, and relationship satisfaction. They found:

  • 89% of participants reported monogamy, 4% reported open relationships, and 8% reported nonconsensual nonmonogany (NCNM).
  • Males, gay/lesbian individuals, bisexual individuals, and those who identified as “other, non-Hispanic” were more likely to report open relationships.
  • Bisexual individuals and black, non-Hispanic participants were more likely to report NCNM; older participants were less likely to do so.
  • NCNM participants reported more HIV testing and lower satisfaction.

Levine EC, Herbenick D, Martinez O, Fu T-C, Dodge B. Open relationships, nonconsensual nonmonogamy, and monogamy among U.S. adults: Findings from the 2012 National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior. [Published online ahead of print April 25, 2018]. Arch Sex Behav. doi:10.1007/s10508-018-1178-7.