Extra relationship involvement among women: are they different from men?

Banfield, Sophie S. and McCabe, Marita 2001, Extra relationship involvement among women: are they different from men?, Archives of sexual behaviour, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 119-142.

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Title Extra relationship involvement among women: are they different from men?
Author(s) Banfield, Sophie S.
McCabe, Marita
Journal name Archives of sexual behaviour
Volume number 30
Issue number 2
Start page 119
End page 142
Publisher Plenum Press
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2001-04
ISSN 0004-0002
1573-2800
Keyword(s) extrarelationship sex
female
relationship qualities
theory of planned behaviour
nonmonogamy
Summary Factors related to three types ofExtra Relationship Involvement (ERI) in women were explored: emotional ERI, sexual ERJ, and II combination ofsexual and emotional ERIs . A model, based on a decision-making model of male ERI and the additional variable of commitment, was evaluated. The research involved two studies with female participants (N = 112, N = 44) who had been involved in heterosexual relationships of at least 6-month duration. The major finding was that women engage in emotional and combined ERIs but rarely enter into solely sexual ERIs. It was demonstrated that social norms, planning, relationship satisfaction, and commitment were influential in predicting emotional and combined ERI intentions. Past ERI behavior was a strong predictor offuture emotional and combined ERI behavior, but planning also added to the prediction of combined ERI behavior. Women who had engaged in emotional ERIs and combined ERIs indicated romantic affect as the main reasonfor their ERI behavior. Overall, it was demonstrated that women's intentions to engage in ERI were related to cognitive processes and relationship variables, and that ERI behavior, although generally habitual, was also predicted by cognitive processes.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, Plenum Publishing Corporation
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001175

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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