publication . Article . 2011

Public and Private Physical Affection Differences between Same-Sex and Different-Sex Couples: The Role of Perceived Marginalization

Amani El-Alayli; Erin Kent;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Dec 2011 Journal: Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships (issn: 1981-6472, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: PsychOpen
Abstract
Despite its connection with relationship satisfaction, research on physical affection is scarce and fails to disentangle private and public displays of affection. It is important to examine both types if marginalized couples are less comfortable displaying affection publicly. The present study examined whether same-sex couples display less public (but not private) physical affection than different-sex couples due to stronger feelings of relationship marginalization. It also examined how public/private affection and marginalization relate to relationship satisfaction. Women in committed same-sex and different-sex relationships completed surveys of public affectio...
Subjects
free text keywords: physical affection, public affection, marginalization, relationships, homosexual relationships, Psychology, BF1-990
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