Extramarital Relationships And Marriages

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Marriages tend to be depicted as a magical and the perfect stage of a person’s life. However, marriage is not always a positive experience in real life. There are some factors that can change that magical dream of being happily married to an unhappy transition of a person’s life. One significant factor is the occurrence of extramarital affairs, or having sexual relationships with other people outside of the marriage. I am interested in conducting exploratory research about this topic. I want to find the reasons why married American men decide to engage in sexual acts outside of their marriage. I believe my research proposal will benefit families. This will educate them more about the negative outcomes that extramarital affairs
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The main goal of this study is to illustrate the sex differences in extramarital affairs and marital discontent. This study focuses on the sexual and emotional aspect of extramarital affairs that were committed in married couples. For this reason, researchers used a sample group of 300 white middle class men and women who were asked to complete an anonymous survey about extramarital affairs and marital relationships (Glass, 1985). The results were different for men and women, and this seems to demonstrate that men engaging in adultery were motivated more by sexual desire than their female counterparts. Women getting involved in extramarital relationships were more emotional. This demonstrates how the expectations of gender roles have a great impact on women and men’s lives. Since women are considered as being caring, the emotional aspect of the marriage is more valued by wives. While, sexual satisfaction is related more to the happiness of men in their marriages. However, one interesting fact was how women claimed that they engaged in extramarital affairs was in a higher percentage due to marital unhappiness, as compared to men. This shows how women and men are different at the moment they are engaging in sex outside their marriages. This article displays how gender roles can …show more content…
One study showed that 22.7% of married men and 11.6% of women had committed extramarital affairs during their marriages. Furthermore, men engaged in 4.1% extramarital affairs while women percentage 1.7% within the last 12 months. These percentages exposed how men commit more extramarital sex than women (Olson, 2002). Most of the researches that were conducted about extramarital sex the main focus are the factors that lead couples to commit this disloyal action toward their spouses. There are some specific factors that can determine people engaging in sex outside their marriages such as gender, age, younger couples are more at risk, employment status and low marital satisfaction. For this reason, extramarital affairs have been important to researchers due to the negative effect it has in relationships. Couples who decided to stay together after a marital problem, they need to receive some kind of help such as marital counseling for the great impact it has on their lives. This article shows how men engaged in more sexual acts with other people beside their partners compared to

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