Integration of Male Bisexuality and Marriage

Eli Coleman

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Eighteen couples that had originally entered therapy because of conflicts created by the husband's bisexuality were studied to determine the dynamics and adjustment of their marriages. All the couples to varying ce:degrees had been openly dealing with the husband's bisexuality for at least two years. Through questionnaires and psychological instruments, couples indicated that openness and communication helped the relationship. The greatest difficulties they encountered were in their sexual relationships. Marital satisfaction and adjustment was found to be negatively correlated with increasing age, number of children, later onset of homosexual activities, increased emotional involvement with male partners, increased numbers of people who know about the husband's homosexual activities, and increased sexual dissatisfaction and conflict. Basically, this study reinforced the notion that some marriages can survive by way of open communication, acceptance and understanding; dynamics, which help, compensate for the inherent conflicts these couple face.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-208
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985


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