Do open relationships really work?

Posted on October 31, 2019

While communication is important in all relationships, it is especially crucial for couples in non-monogamous relationships as there are additional challenges involved in these non-traditional romances. The recent study conducted has suggested certain conditions under which non-monogamous relationships tend to succeed, and when they tend to fail.

Responses from 1,658 online questionnaires have been analyzed. The questionnaire assessed three key aspects of a relationship – mutual consent, communication and comfort. Data collected led researchers categorize the participants of the survey into five distinct groups – earlier-stage monogamous, later-stage monogamous, consensual non-monogamous, partially open relationships and one-sided sexual relationship with a person besides the primary partner.

Findings showed that monogamous and consensual non-monogamous groups exhibited high levels of functioning in their relationships and as individuals, whereas the partially open and one-sided non-monogamous groups exhibited lower functioning. Those who are in the consensual non-monogamous group (CNM) were in long-term relationships.

On the other hand, individuals in one-sided sexual relationship and partially open relationships tended to be in younger relationships, reported lower levels of dedication to their relationships, and low levels of affection. They also showed the highest levels attachment avoidance, psychological distress, and loneliness.

Researchers note that sexual activity with someone else besides the primary partner, without mutual consent or communication can easily be understood as a form of betrayal or cheating, which may have a detrimental effect on the relationship.

Category(s):Relationships & Marriage

Source material from Science Daily