Women's Experiences With Feelings and Attractions for Someone Outside their Primary Relationship

Margo Mullinax, Katie Jo Barnhart, Kristen Mark, Debby Herbenick

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The purpose of this article is to explore women's experiences with attractions and feelings for people outside their primary romantic relationship. In an anonymous Internet-based survey, 160 women answered open-ended questions about crushes. Women had varied experiences with, and diverse strategies for, managing crushes. The majority of women reported the crush did not impact their primary relationship; participants also reported that these crushes improved their desire for their partner. The majority of women in this sample did not communicate with their partners about their crushes. This research can be used by therapists and counselors working with patients experiencing these feelings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-447
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Sex and Marital Therapy
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 3 2016

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  • Clinical Psychology


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