Posts by: Alan Hawkins

Activist Researchers Still Pushing “Consensual Nonmonogamy”
June 11, 2018

It’s tempting to get buried in the methodological weeds of Terri Conley’s latest study, “Sexual Satisfaction Among Individuals in Monogamous and Consensually Non-Monogamous Relationships.” For the uninitiated, consensual nonmonogamy (CNM) is when a couple mutually agrees to pursue sexual relationships outside their union. Conley’s basic question is whether “people in CNM relationships experience similar sexual…

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Study Claims We Know All We Need to About Nonmonogamous Relationships
March 7, 2018

After just a handful of studies on the quality of romantic relationships among couples who practice consensual nonmonogamy (CNM), we now know enough that further research is “not imperative.” That is what researchers boldly claim in “Investigation of Consensually Nonmonogamous Relationships,” a study recently published in the prestigious journal Perspectives on Psychological Science. In more…

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Are Changes to Marriage Decreasing Its Benefits?
March 1, 2018

It’s hardly news that the institution of marriage has dramatically changed over the past few decades. In a 2004 article, sociologist Andrew Cherlin described society’s declining expectations about how we form, maintain, and exit marriage as its “deinstitutionalization.” In an era of deinstitutionalized marriage, then, individuals are liberated or burdened – depending on your perspective…

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Do Friendships Really Have a Stronger Effect on Health and Well-being than Family?
February 19, 2018

Judging from the popular media coverage of a recent study in the journal Personal Relationships, friendships are more important than family relationships in promoting health and well-being, especially in later life. Click-bait headlines such as Time’s, “Why Friends May Be More Important than Family” stretch these findings to suggest that family relationships are not especially…

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