Swinging high or low? Measuring self-esteem in swingers

Amanda S. Ruzansky, Marissa A. Harrison

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This study sought to examine the self-esteem of individuals involved in a consensually non-monogamous relationship, the swinging lifestyle. Utilizing the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, the self-esteem of swingers was quantified and compared to a general sample. The results reveal that swingers have higher self-esteem. However, gender differences emerged in post hoc analyses whereby men who engage in swinging have higher self-esteem, but women who engage in swinging have self-esteem comparable to others. Results are discussed in terms of evolutionary and clinical importance. Limitations and future directions are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-37
Number of pages8
JournalSocial Science Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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