A qualitative study of individuals engaged in consensual open or non-monogamous relationships

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Sanchez, Aidyl Mhay
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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As previous research explores the structures and the emergence of new configurations within non-monogamous communities, the focal aim of the current study examines the unique experiences of the sole individual who engage in consensual non-monogamous relationships. A total of 4 in-depth face-to-face semi-structured interviews were conducted with 2 females and 2 males whom have had experience engaging in non-monogamous relationships for a minimum of six months prior to participation and were all over the age of 18. The interviews were audio-recorded, lasted between 30-60 minutes long, transcribed and anonymized. Transcripts were analyzed using thematic analysis. All four interviews led to the development of four themes 1. The Navigation of Rules, 2, A Cohesive Community, 3. Personal Growth and 4. Emotional and Physical Connections. To conclude, the current research highlights the importance of the discovery in which deeper understanding of oneself is achieved through the experiences of engaging in consensual non-monogamy.