Relationship quality and sexuality: A latent class analysis (LCA) of long-term heterosexual and LBG partnerships

Jill M. Chonody, Mike Killian, Jacqui Gabb, Priscilla Dunk-West

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Purpose: Drawing on survey data (N = 7,826) collected in the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States, this paper examines whether sexual orientation is a differentiating factor in explaining relationship quality and maintenance. Previous research suggests that sexual orientation is not significant in determining relationship
satisfaction; however, these analyses have used traditional variable driven approaches, which do not provide an holistic view of the relationship by considering the unique combination of characteristics. 
Method: In this study, latent profile analyses were used, which is a person-centered approach that allows for identification of different types of long-term relationships.
Results: Data suggested that LGB individuals had marginally higher levels of relationship quality compared to their heterosexual counterparts, and sexual orientation was also associated with differing types of long-term relationships.
Discussion: These findings are interrogated in more detail, in particular, how sexual orientation is associated with types of long-term
relationships and how everyday practices are associated with relationship quality
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-225
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Evidence-Based Social Work
Issue number2
Early online date21 Feb 2020
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020
Externally publishedYes


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