Non-Monogamy: Measuring Degrees of Sexual and Romantic Exclusivity in Relationships

7 Pages Posted: 14 Sep 2018

Date Written: August 28, 2018

Abstract

It has been speculated that monogamy exists on a continuum as opposed to the traditional view of a discrete class. This research, using a convenience sample of 509 individuals who self-identified as either polyamorous, ambiamorous, or monoamorous, examines the potential validity of a scale to experimentally measure degrees of sexual and romantic exclusivity, ranging quantitatively along a spectrum. The scale was designed to measure the attitudes of participants towards the ideas of their partner and/or themselves being sexually and/or romantically involved with other individuals. Participants exhibited a range of scores signifying various degrees of acceptance towards the idea of multiple sexual or romantic relationships, supporting the hypothesis of monogamy and polyamory as members of a spectrum. The evidence is discussed and future developments based on these findings are suggested.

Keywords: consensual non-monogamy, polyamory, romantic relationships, sexual relationships

Suggested Citation

Le Cunff, Anne-Laure, Non-Monogamy: Measuring Degrees of Sexual and Romantic Exclusivity in Relationships (August 28, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3232078 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3232078

Anne-Laure Le Cunff (Contact Author)

King's College London ( email )

Strand
London, England WC2R 2LS
United Kingdom

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