In particular, having only ever lived with or had sex with one’s spouse was associated with higher marital quality.Our findings are consistent with other studies showing that cohabiting with more partners before marriage is associated with greater likelihood of divorce As we noted, what happens in Vegas may not always stay in Vegas. There are many reasons why having more romantic partners before marriage may put one at higher risk of difficulties in marriage.
Do our prior romantic entanglements harm our chances of marital bliss?
And once we find ‘the one,’ do the choices we make and experiences we have together as a couple before and on the big day influence our ability to have a successful marriage?
Pre-marital behavior has a significant impact for couples after their wedding, according to a new report published by the National Marriage Project entitled, “Before I Do: What Do Premarital Experiences Have to Do with Marital Quality Among Today’s Young Adults?
” Galena Rhoades and Scott Stanley, the study’s co-authors, sought answers to the questions, “Do our premarital experiences, both with others and our future spouse, affect our marital happiness and stability down the line?
“Before I Do” was based on information provided by these individuals.
The study’s co-authors summarize their findings as: 1) What happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas, so to speak.
) To cater to our audience, we asked her to write on the topic: “How Premarital Sex affects the Marriage Relationship.” She, in turn, wrote the below post.
Read the below and then click Like, Tweet, or share the post with your friends to give her some love!
In fact, recent studies have found that between 30 to 40% of couples report having sex within one month of the start of their relationship (Busby, Carroll, & Willoughby, 2010; Peplau et al., 1977; Sassler et al., 2012).
Are these dating patterns compatible with the desire to have a loving and lasting marriage later? Sexual Chemistry versus Sexual Restraint The current dating culture often emphasizes that two people should test their “sexual chemistry” before committing to each other.
Since she provides so much good insight on the topic of sex, Heather and I thought it was time again to ask J of Hot Holy to post another guest post here at Pre Engaged.