Title page for ETD etd-12182006-123257

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Rayburn, Allison Claire
Author's Email Address aberry3@lsu.edu
URN etd-12182006-123257
Title The Relationship Between Premarital Sexual Behaviors and the State of the Marriage
Degree Master of Science (M.S.)
Department Human Ecology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Loren Marks Committee Chair
Joan Benedict Committee Member
Sarah Pierce Committee Member
  • abstinence
  • marital satisfaction
  • marital stability
  • premarital sex
Date of Defense 2006-12-11
Availability unrestricted
The current study examined the possible relationship between premarital sexual behaviors and the state of the marriage as reported by women. Participants were recruited from local Southern Baptist churches and were sent an anonymous mail-out questionnaire; 36 women returned questionnaires that were usable for analyses. Bivariate correlations for the variables that were considered demonstrated that the number of premarital sexual intercourse partners for the participant and her husband were strongly and negatively correlated to marital satisfaction, marital stability, low divorce thoughts, and feelings about the marriage. An analysis of variance showed that the women who experienced premarital sex (intercourse or oral sex) with at least one noncommitted partner had lower marital satisfaction than the women who did not experience premarital sex with a noncommitted partner.
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