Thursday, January 27, 2011

Premarital sex predicts a lower quality marriage

Every enlightened person knows you need to live like a married couple to know if a marriage is going to work. At least so says the liberal. Research has actually shown many times over that people who cohabit before marriage are more likely to subsequently get divorced. 

Now we the same kind of phenomenon with sexual intercourse. According to this study of 2,035 married people, waiting until after the wedding to have sex the first time is associated with greater subsequent communication, sexual quality, marital satisfaction, and perceived stability--see the above table for means. This was found after controlling for religiosity, race, income, education, and length of relationship.

It's funny how "scientific" liberals keep getting wrong and "superstitious" priests keep getting it right.

This study was conducted by BYU researchers. While the university has traditionally focused on undergraduate education (the average student has an impressive SAT), over the years I've noticed that it cranks out high-quality empirical research on family and religion. Good quantitative people, those Mormons.  

(H/T to Jason Malloy)


  1. Anonymous11:05 AM

    Interesting stats, but I wonder what proportion of couples wait until marriage to have sex these day. A pretty small number, which raises some obvious issues about validity.

    It would be interesting to see a follow-up with a larger number of categories for timing of first intercourse, for example:

    pre-relationship (!)

    within 1 month of dating

    within 3 months of dating

    after 1 year of dating

    during engagement

    after marriage

    I suspect you would get much samples in some of these categories, which might strengthen the conclusions.


  2. Sideways7:26 PM

    the difference between the two types: one has a basis for comparison.


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