Swings and roundabouts: Management of jealousy in heterosexual swinging couples

de Visser, Richard and Mcdonald, Dee (2007) Swings and roundabouts: Management of jealousy in heterosexual swinging couples. British Journal of Social Psychology, 46 (2). pp. 459-476. ISSN 0144-6665

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Abstract

Swinging involves consensual mutual involvement in extra-dyadic sex. Jealousy in swinging couples is an interesting topic for social psychological research, because it is a common and acceptable response to a romantic partner's real or imagined infidelity. This qualitative study examined the management of jealousy among four active heterosexual swinging couples living in southern England. Participants highlighted the importance of discussion and negotiation to develop a shared couple identity and shared rules and boundaries that allowed them to manage jealousy so that they could better enjoy swinging. Rather than seeking to eliminate jealousy, swingers may manage their feelings of jealousy in order to increase sexual excitement and arousal. This study adds to our understanding of jealousy among swingers and the broader issue of jealousy in intimate relationships.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Publisher's version available at official URL.
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Depositing User: Chris Keene
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2007
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2017 12:07
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/1576

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