Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (UNL) Conference System, 1st Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Conference

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I do it my way: The relationship between self-determination and swinging satisfaction
Edward Manuel Fernandes

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Date: 2015-09-27 04:30 PM – 06:00 PM
Last modified: 2015-08-08

Abstract


Researchers who study close relationships (specifically consensual nonmonogamy) may benefit from this presentation as it discusses factors that impact aspects of relationship satisfaction.  Additionally, clinicians working with people in consensually nonmonogamous relationships may find the results the study relevant to their practice.

Research and theory indicates that sexual interactions will result in more satisfying and positive experiences when feelings of competency and autonomy are met (Smith 2007).  This research examined the relationship between self-determination and satisfaction with one’s involvement in swinging activities in a sample of 3242 self-identified swingers. Results indicate that self-determination scores are positively associated with various aspects of swinging satisfaction.  Implications for research and practice will be discussed.

Research and theory indicates that sexual interactions will result in more satisfying and positive experiences when feelings of competency and autonomy are met (Smith 2007).  This research examined the relationship between self-determination and satisfaction with one’s involvement in swinging activities. A sample of 3242 self-identified swingers in North America completed an online survey evaluating demographic information, self-determination scores and scores on a measure of swinging satisfaction.  The Self-Determination scale assesses how people behave in specific situations, their awareness of the self, as well as their feelings and choice with respect to their behavior (Deci, E. L., & Ryan, R. M. (1985). The Swinging Satisfaction Scale is comprised of three subscales; 1) Sexual Freedom, 2) Emotional Experience, 3) Benefits to the Relationship.  Multiple regression analyses were conducted to examine whether self-determination scores, as well as gender and relationship length were predictive of swinging satisfaction scores.  We found a significant relationship between a person’s swinging satisfaction score and their self-determination score. Results indicate that self-determination scores are positively associated with various aspects of swinging satisfaction.  Implications for research and practice will be discussed.