Growing up we all heard the classic playground song: "First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage! So, what does that mean for marriages? Researchers at the University of Utah explored whether premarital sex influences a couple's likelihood of divorce. The answer: It depends. Wolfinger looked at the five-year divorce rate for over 10, women, and took into consideration how many sexual partners the women reported having prior to the marriage. He then divided them into the three most recent waves of the National Survey of Family Growth based on the decade in which the marriage occurred, collected in , and
Generational Shift in Attitudes about Sex
Premarital sex - Wikipedia
For women - of any social class - premarital sex was very risky before the availability of modern contraceptives, especially the contraceptive pill. In some societies, working-class families didn't regard it as beyond the pale subject to the very important proviso that the couple married before the first baby was born. For middle-class girls premarital sex was a complete 'no-no' at the time. Some middle-class families had unmarried pregnant daughters sent to mental hospitals indefinitely and the medical profession was most co-operative!
Does Sexual History Affect Marital Happiness?
Alfred Kinsey produced the Kinsey Report , the largest documentation of sexuality in the United States at the time of its publication. Alfred Kinsey was an American biologist who is considered to be the founder of sexology , or the scientific study of human sexuality, including human sexual interests, behavior, and function. Kinsey trained as a biologist and entomologist at Harvard and obtained a teaching post at Indiana University.
The Catholic Church continues to teach that sexual love between a man and a woman is reserved to marriage. We find this teaching in the creation account of Genesis—Book 1, Chapter 1 of Sacred Scripture: First, God creates man in His own image and likeness, making them male and female Genesis Before the man and woman come together as husband and wife, and before they express their love as husband and wife, they are first blessed by God. This marital love signifies the vows freely exchanged between each other and thereby reflects the faithful, permanent, exclusive, and self-giving love they have promised to each other and to God. Thus they are no longer two but one flesh.