Swinging: A Study of Decision Making in Marriage

  title={Swinging: A Study of Decision Making in Marriage},
  author={Anne-Marie Henshel},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={885 - 891}
  • A. Henshel
  • Published 1 January 1973
  • Education
  • American Journal of Sociology
This article examines decision-making patterns in marriage with regard to involvement in group sex or swinging. Twenty-five Toronto wives constitute the sample studied. It is found that husbands have an advantage on the three indicators of decision making used in this study: they more frequently are the first of the two spouses to learn of swinging, they tend to be the first to suggest swinging as an alternative for them, and they are more frequently the ones to reach the final decision leading… 
Marital alternatives and the regulation of sex
The relationship between the occurrence of extramarital affairs (as an indicator of the reduction of normative constraints) and commuter marriage (as an indicator of the reduction of structural
Relational Dynamics of Swinging Relationships
This exploratory study used qualitative methods to gain a richer understanding of the relational dynamics in modern swinging relationships. Swinging was defined at the onset of the study as sexual
Swinging: A Review of the Literature
  • R. Jenks
  • Psychology
    Archives of sexual behavior
  • 1998
The literature dealing with some of the major problems with swinging, focusing on AIDS, are discussed, along with the current state of swinging and suggestions for future research.
Attitudes and experiences of swinging couples
ABSTRACT Swinging involves emotionally committed romantic partners engaging in sex with others, typically in the presence of one’s partner. Previous studies of the demographics, attitudes and
Reconstructing the Meaning of Fidelity: A Qualitative Inquiry into Swinging Relationships
This dissertation used qualitative methods to gain a richer understanding of the dynamics of swinging relationships. Swinging was defined at the onset of the study as sexual activities that married
Polyamorous Families, Same-Sex Marriage, and the Slippery Slope
Opponents of same-sex marriage identify multiple-partner families as the pivotal step that, were same-sex marriage legalized, would propel society down a “slippery slope” to relational chaos. Like
Part three: Wives’ Influence on Male Physicians’ Locations of Medical Practice
A major finding is the way in which the female spouse's desire for a career of her own and a good educational system for children limits the new male physician from choosing a small town or a large intercity area for his practice.
Nontraditional Family Forms
Any review of the literature on variant, nontraditional, or alternative family forms must begin with a discussion of the meaning of these terms. Variant suggests variation on the norm, but what is
Who Knows Their Bedroom Secrets? Communication Privacy Management in Couples Who Swing
Swinging is a lifestyle choice where members of a couple seek out other couples or sometimes singles, with whom to engage in sexual activity. Swinging is a lifestyle associated with the 1960s and
The perception of males and females as a function of their traditional versus non-traditional sexual attitudes ...
Eighty undergraduate students at California State College, San Bernardino were shown different videotape segments of (a) a male advocating traditional marriage, (b) a male advocating open marriage,


Marital Decision-Making in American and Danish Urban Families: A Research Note.
Blood and Wolfe's theory of resources in marital decision-making was tested in a survey of American and Danish urban families. In both countries, marital power was neither consistently nor always
Who Has the Power? The Marital Struggle
Psychological, legal and social blocks are placed in the way of women. These structural blocks affect the marital power distribution. Sources of marital power (socialization, the marriage contract,
The Emergence of Middle-Class Deviant Subcultures: The Case of Swingers
This paper is an attempt to deal theoretically with the emergence of the “swinging” subculture among otherwise conventional middle Americans, and further to suggest the theoretical implications of
Co-Marital Sex and the Sexual Freedom Movement*
The two preceding presentations by Dr. O'Neill and Dr. Bartell have described sub-cultural variations in group sexual activities in the New York City area and the Chicago suburbs, respectively. Each
The sociology of mate swapping: Or the family that swings together clings together∗
In the early decades of this century, and to a certain extent still today, social scientists equated deviant behavior with disease and set about to find the cures. The tone of this early perspective
The sexual scene
"The new morality" has excited coun-tless public and private, formal and in-formal, scientific and non-scientific, sober and frankly provocative discus-sions. Those aspects related to sexual