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Saving Sex for Marriage Leads to Happier Marriages, Study Finds


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A new study conducted by Brigham Young University’s Wheatley Institute has found that individuals who saved sex for marriage have significantly higher levels of marital satisfaction than those who had multiple sexual partners before marriage, confirming what numerous previous studies also found.

“Our study confirms what other national studies have been finding the last few years, that sexually inexperienced dating couples are two to three times more likely to be in a highly stable marriage,” said Brian J. Willoughby, a Wheatley Institute fellow and co-author of the report.

As Willoughby observed in an Institute for Family Studies article laying out the report’s findings, conventional and popular cultural notions in America have often emphasized the idea that gaining “sexual experience” via premarital sex is an important step toward achieving a stable marriage. “Many people believe that it is important for couples to test their ‘sexual chemistry’ while dating and for single adults to gain ‘sexual experience’ before marriage to sample one’s options and eventually select a spouse better suited to their preferences,” he wrote. “Also, many believe that young people need to experiment sexually while they are single so that they will be ‘ready to settle down and get married’ when the time comes.”

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