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Breaking the Stigma of CNM relationships by understanding intergenerational value differences

Duewel, M. (2022) Breaking the Stigma of CNM relationships by understanding intergenerational value differences.

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Abstract:Consensual nonmonogamy (CNM) is a term to describe a relationship model where one has consensual sexual encounters or additional partners while being in a dyad. People in CNM relationships face a great amount of social stigma that has severe consequences on their lives. To gain a better understanding of the issue, this paper tests the theory that stigma partly results from different value systems between generations. It is hypothesized that older generations value more security in relationships whereas younger generations gravitate more toward self-expression. Data was gathered with participants from four different generations. A convenience sample of (N=236), GenZ (N=173), Millenials (N=24), GenX (N=18), and Baby Boomers (17) granted data for 15 relationship values on a 5point Likert scale. GenZ scored highest on the total scale and as well as on the security as well as expression subscales. Because of this, he hypothesis that younger generations score higher on the self-expression values was accepted. Also, the hypothesis that older generations score higher on the security values was rejected.Based on the results, the theory of the split between security and expression value systems causing stigma cannot be substantiated. Nevertheless, because of the significant difference found it still may be the case that an intergenerational difference is a factor regarding stigma. It is recommended to do more research regarding the causes of the stigma of CNM with other value systems and variables.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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