Award Date

5-1-2019

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Communication

First Committee Member

Tara Emmers-Sommer

Second Committee Member

Jennifer Guthrie

Third Committee Member

Emma F. Bloomfield

Fourth Committee Member

Rachael Robnett

Number of Pages

108

Abstract

This study considered the connection among aspects of emerging adults’ identities and their relational and sociosexual orientations as well as their attitudes toward consensual nonmonogamy (CNM). Results indicated significant relationships among individuals’ collective and social identity aspects, as dictated in the AIQ-IV, and how emerging adults label their relational orientations (e.g., strictly monogamous, monogamish, open, and polyamorous). Additionally, findings demonstrated that the salience/importance of social categories, roles, and reputations in one's identity influences how they choose to label their relational orientation, their attitudes toward non-monogamy, and their orientation toward uncommitted sex (sociosexual orientation). Discussion, implications and future directions follow.

Keywords

Emerging adults; Gender; Identity; Non-monogamy; Romantic relationships; Sexuality

Disciplines

Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Gender and Sexuality | Social Psychology | Women's Studies

Language

English


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