Abilene Campus (Residential)
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Marriage and Family Therapy
Master of Marriage and Family Therapy
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The following thesis details a quantitative study focusing on the sexual double standard and how its impact on sexual attitudes and behaviors has a possible influence on relationship satisfaction. The purpose of this research is to understand how attitudes regarding the prevailing double standard reflect the hesitancy towards having a partner with a previous sexual history as the discussion suggests. There will be a review of previous literature for the traditional, cultural, and even paradoxical aspects that make up the standard. Findings of the study showed that there was no significant relationship found between a respondent’s acceptance of the sexual double standard and their relationship satisfaction scores. However, significant relationships were found amongst gender and the sexual double standard as well as gender and relationships satisfaction. In both instances, gender is treated as a predicting variable. These findings help steer the forward direction of the standard, gender and sexual identity, and clinical implications on clients’ sexual narratives. The importance of this is for support in understanding which societal or self messages are influencing clients' views on sexuality and how that might contribute to distress experienced about sex.
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Pate, Kaelyn D., "Keeping Count: Studying the Effects of Previous Sexual History on a Current Coupling" (2021). Digital Commons @ ACU, Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 377.