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Relationship Quality and Sexuality: A Latent Profile Analysis of Long-term Heterosexual and LGB Long-term Partnerships

Chonody, Jill M.; Killian, Mike; Gabb, Jacqui and Dunk-West, Priscilla (2020). Relationship Quality and Sexuality: A Latent Profile Analysis of Long-term Heterosexual and LGB Long-term Partnerships. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 17(2) pp. 203–225.

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Abstract

Purpose: Drawing on survey data (N = 7,826) collected in the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States, this paper examines whether sexual orientation is a differentiating factor in explaining relationship quality and maintenance. Previous research suggests that sexual orientation is not significant in determining relationship satisfaction; however, these analyses have used traditional variable driven approaches, which do not provide an holistic view of the relationship by considering the unique combination of characteristics.

Method:In this study, latent profile analyses were used, which is a person-centered approach that allows for identification of different types of long-term relationships.

Results: Data suggested that LGB individuals had marginally higher levels of relationship quality compared to their heterosexual counterparts, and sexual orientation was also associated with differing types of long-term relationships.

Discussion: These findings are interrogated in more detail, in particular, how sexual orientation is associated with types of long-term relationships and how everyday practices are associated with relationship quality.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2020 The Authors
ISSN: 2640-8074
Keywords: Relationship quality; couple relationships; sexuality; sexual orientation; relationship types; latent profile analyses
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 69564
SWORD Depositor: Jisc Publications-Router
Depositing User: Jisc Publications-Router
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2020 09:26
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2020 16:43
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/69564
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