The Swinging Paradigm: An Evaluation of the Marital and Sexual Satisfaction of Swingers

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Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Psychology and specializations in Social Psychology and Sexology

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Edward M. Fernandes

December, 2008

Core Faculty: Lawrence J. Ryan, Ph. D. Union Institute and University Cincinnati. Ohio

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

I want to thank my wife, Rita Meissner, for the love and support she showed me throughout my academic journey, and most specifically through the completion of this dissertation. Her unconditional love, laughter, and pointed criticism have made this journey much more palatable.

I am grateful to my First Core and advisor, Dr. Lawrence Ryan, a wise and understanding mentor, for his guidance and patience through my doctoral program and dissertation. Further, I would like to thank the other members of my doctoral committee, Dr. Raymond Noonan, Dr. Nathaniel Vietor, and the second Core Reader, Dr. Linda Hopkins, for their counsel and encouragement. A special thanks to my Peers in the committee, Dr. Vickie Durham and Dr. Timothy O'Brien, for being there when I needed their assistance; their suggestions, encouragement, and guidance were appreciated.

There are other individuals that deserve a special mention; they have made this extraordinary journey a lot less complicated and more rewarding for me. Their encouragement and support encouraged me to finish what I started four years ago. Special thanks to my dear friend Dr. Donald Parkerson for his encouragement and statistical shrewdness, his wife Dr. Joanne Parkerson for her continued help and support with the project. My special thanks to my friend Ms. Cathy Maahs-Fladung, one of my statistical mentors, for her patience, guidance, and counsel during the development stages of the research methodology and data analysis. A special thank you to my consultant and friend Dr. Karl Weunsch for his wicked sense of humor and statistical expertise.

Sincere thanks to my friend and editor, Dr. Rebecca Godwin, for her candor, patience, advice on proper grammar, and good wines.

In addition, I would like to thank all of those people that believed in me and encouraged me to reach my life-long goals. At East Carolina University, I would like to thank my friend and colleague Dr. …