Dr. Eric Landrum
This study examined the effects of past sexual experience on the quality of current romantic relationships. Survey participants responded to items that measured level of emotional attachment and sexual satisfaction in a current romantic relationship. Participants indicated the number of sexual partners they had prior to their current romantic relationship. It was expected that an increased number of previous sexual partners would negatively influence emotional attachment and sexual satisfaction in current romantic relationships. However, there was not a significant relationship between number of previous sexual partners and level of emotional attachment or degree of sexual satisfaction in current romantic relationships. Results suggested that past sexual experience may not be an important factor in determining the quality of current romantic relationships.