MARITAL AND EXTRAMARITAL SEX: WHO GETS WHAT AND WHY?
POTENTIAL RESEARCH QUESTION(S):
What sexual activity is typical in marriage? Outside of marriage? Are extramarital affairs as common as people think? Have they increased in frequency over time? Is there a double standard for extramarital sex in the United States that makes it acceptable for men but not for women? Are people more likely to have an extramarital affair if they are happy with their marriage or if they have children? Does a couples?x life increase or decrease with the presence of children? Are sexual norms culturally specific? Do people in other countries believe that a happy sexual relationship is important for marriage?
Use of Supplementary Materials
I recommend that you read the following book:
Gagnon, Michael. 1994. Sex in America: A Definitive Study. Boston: Little Brown
This will depend on the specific research question you, or your group decides to adopt. Remember, a hypothesis is a speculative statement about the relationship between two variables.
METHODS AND DATA COLLECTION:
This project requires you to perform statistical analysis of existing resources. You will use data such as the GSS, CULTURES, World Values Survey and World Factbook Datasets.
This will be determined by the previous step in the research process.
In your analysis, you must explain WHY you have observed the relationships that you described in your findings section. This is most effectively done my using one of the three theoretical approaches that we have learned in class (Functionalism, Conflict Theory, or Interactionism).