Study suggests open relationships among gay men can strengthen relationships
While open relationships are much more prevalent among gay couples when compared to their heterosexual counterparts, there is still a stigma attached to such relationships in both communities as many ponder age old question- can sex and love can truly be separated?
The study, funded by the RCAP at Indiana University, had multiple aims. “We wanted to see how these relationships form and evolve over time, and examine the perceived relationship quality, relationship satisfaction, and potential risk...” says Christopher Stults, who finished coding the interviews at NYU for the study.
Thus far Stults's findings show that non-monogamous relationships can lead to a happier, more fulfilling relationships for many. “My impression so far is that they don’t seem less satisfied, and it may even be that their communication is better than among monogamous couples because they’ve had to negotiate specific details,” Stults says.