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Beyond the Bedroom

Title: Beyond the Bedroom: The Effects of Virginity on Dating Relationships.
Name(s): Hartzog, Jessica Erin, author
Pasley, Kay, professor directing thesis
Cui, Ming, committee member
Randolph, Karen, committee member
Department of Family and Child Sciences, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2010
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Framed in social exchange theory, the purpose of this study was to investigate differences in relationship factors between virgins and non-virgins who are currently in romantic relationships. Data from 134 participants, 67 virgins matched with 67 non-virgins, were analyzed to determine differences in couple conflict level and management, communication, and relationship satisfaction. Results from a series of analyses of variance indicated that virgins and non-virgins differed only on 3 of 13 relationship constructs: psychological aggression, argumentativeness, and constructive communication. Specifically, non-virgins reported higher levels of psychological aggression and more arguments than did virgins, whereas virgins reported using more constructive communication than did non-virgins. In general, correlations between indicators of conflict and communication with relationship satisfaction were in the expected direction, with higher levels of communication and lower levels of conflict being associated with higher levels of relationship satisfaction. Testing the differences between correlations among conflict, communication, and satisfaction revealed four differences—a stronger correlation between physical assault and both relationship fulfillment and happiness, negativity and relationship contentment, and constructive communication and relationship contentment for the virgins compared with non-virgins. Limitations and implications are discussed, focusing on the need for continued research that explores the effect of virginity status on relationship factors.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-4221 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Family and Child Sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2010.
Date of Defense: April 5, 2010.
Keywords: Relationship Factors, Romantic Relationships, Sexual Abstinence, Virginity
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Kay Pasley, Professor Directing Thesis; Ming Cui, Committee Member; Karen Randolph, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Social service
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Hartzog, J. E. (2010). Beyond the Bedroom: The Effects of Virginity on Dating Relationships. Retrieved from