Predictors of young dating adults' inclination to engage in extradyadic sexual activities: A multi-perspective study

McAlister, Anna R., Pachana, Nancy and Jackson, Chris J. (2005) Predictors of young dating adults' inclination to engage in extradyadic sexual activities: A multi-perspective study. British Journal of Psychology, 96 3: 331-350. doi:10.1348/000712605X47936


Author McAlister, Anna R.
Pachana, Nancy
Jackson, Chris J.
Title Predictors of young dating adults' inclination to engage in extradyadic sexual activities: A multi-perspective study
Journal name British Journal of Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0007-1269
Publication date 2005-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1348/000712605X47936
Volume 96
Issue 3
Start page 331
End page 350
Total pages 20
Editor Geoffrey Underwood
Place of publication Cambridge, England
Publisher The British Psychological Society
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
380199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
780108 Behavioural and cognitive sciences
Abstract Using a multi-perspective vignette design, we explored predictors of young peoples' (N = 119) propensity to engage in unfaithful activities while dating. Demographic measures, a datding investment model, and measures of functional and dysfunctional impulsivity were used to predict inclination to engage in each of two extradyadic activities (kissing and sexual activity). The results of moderated multiple regression analyses revealed that a respondent's number of sexual partners, level of dysfunctional impulsivity, satisfaction with current relationship, and quality of relationship alternatives significantly predicted inclination to engage in both of the extradyadic activities. Consistent with previous findings, gender only showed significant predictive value in relation to extradyadic sex inclination. Moreover, the association between sex, love, and marriage interacted with gender in the prediction of both extradyadic activities and interacted with commitment in the prediction of extradyadic sex inclination. Suggestions for future research in this area are offered in light of these new findings.
Keyword Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory
Investment Model
Gender-differences
Infidelity
Satisfaction
Commitment
Involvements
Personality
Impulsivity
Frequency
Q-Index Code C1

 
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