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The interrelatedness of sexual intimacy and relationship development Public Deposited

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  • Fifty-four premarital couples were interviewed in an attempt to: (a) delineate pathways of premarital involvement; (b) investigate differences in the relationships of individuals who follow different pathways; and (c) examine which background variables predispose individuals to follow a specific pathway. Four sexual pathway types were established using a cluster analytic procedure. Rapid Involvement individuals experienced high levels of sexual intimacy early in their relationships. Gradual Involvement individuals gradually increased their level of sexual involvement over time. Couple Involvement individuals engaged in orgasmic sexual interaction at the "couple" stage of dating. Low Involvement individuals tended to restrict their sexual behavior to a pre-orgasmic level. No differences were found between individuals from the different sexual pathways on the relationship dimensions of love, ambivalence, maintenance behaviors, relationship satisfaction and dyadic trust. Conflict, however, tended to increase significantly as couples entered into orgasmic levels of sexual interaction. Differences existed between individuals from the four sexual pathway types on the background measures of dating and sexual history, physical attractiveness, premarital sexual attitudes, and socio-economic status.
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