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PSY621 Chapter 11Cohabitation Living together is an important turning point, not only because it represents commitment but also because it is a public declaration of a sexual relationshipHas become an increasingly common alternative to marriageIn Canada, when 2 people live together as a couple for 12 continuous months but are not legally married to each other, they are in a common-law relationshipMost common in young people ages 20-2416% of Canadians live in common-law relationships – 37885 are same-sex couplesoThe rate is the highest in Quebec Slightly more than half the couples eventually get marriedHowever, common-law relationships break up more often than marriagesIt was found that couples that lived together before engagement/marriage had more negative interactions with their partner, lower commitment and lower relationship qualityoSeeds of divorce are planted in the pre-engagement cohabiting relationshipoBut this data does not mean that living together causes divorcePopular image of cohabitation is that it involves young, never-married couples without childrenoBut almost half of common law couples have children living in their homeCanadians whose first marriage has dissolved often choose common-law over re-marriage60% of married persons reported having sexual intercourse once a week or more, 71% ofcohabiting people said the sameoMight be because some cohabiters are concerned about the stability of their relationship, so they may have sex more frequently in hope that it’ll strengthen their relationship Extradyadic SexExtradyadic Sex:Sexual activity between a person in a serious relationship and someoneother than his/her steady partner (gay, lesbian, straight, anything)When someone who is married engages in extradyadic sex, it’s called extramarital sexoradultery Extradyadic sex can occur under several different circumstancesoAccidental:unintended/not characteristic of the person, just happensoIntoxicated:one or both persons may be drunk, or having a bad day or lonely
oRomantic infidelity:when the 2 people fall in love and consider or establish a long-term relationshipoOpen relationship/marriage:the partners agree in advance that each may have sex with other personsIn contrast, accidental and romantic infidelities begin without the partner’s knowledge, and may remain a secretoPhilanderers:repeatedly engage in sexual liaisons outside their committed relationshipThese people are not motivated by the desire for sexual gratification; theyare searching for self-affirmation People engage in extradyadic sexual behaviour for a number of reasonso

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