From MOM to MORE: Emerging Research on Mixed Orientation Relationships

  title={From MOM to MORE: Emerging Research on Mixed Orientation Relationships},
  author={Jennifer A. Vencill and Sarah J. Wiljamaa},
  journal={Current Sexual Health Reports},
Mixed orientation relationships (MOREs) refer to persons in a relationship whose sexual orientations do not match. To date, however, most literature on MOREs has focused somewhat narrowly on mixed orientation marriages (MOMs), in which one spouse is heterosexual and the other experiences same-sex attraction and may or may not identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual. This review focuses on 14 recently published scholarly articles, noting an emerging shift in the literature from MOMs to the more… 

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