Y. study: Premarital sex to ensure 'compatibility' potentially harmful

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  • TheRealBigDaddy MAGNA, UT
    Sept. 2, 2011 2:09 a.m.

    Funny. My first marriage we didn't fool around or live together before marriage. Ended in divorce. Same with the second marriage. Third time, we lived together for three years, got married and six years strong now.

    The problem with research, is that is is only looking at a very small select group, and everyone is different. Using data like that, in that way, doesn't fit anyone.

    You have to do what is right for you, what works right for you. Otherwise, you are just following some doofus with a degree who says they know better than you.

    You should only do that if you are an idiot.

  • Family Researcher Columbia, MO
    Dec. 24, 2010 11:31 a.m.

    I am currently working on my Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at a university in the Midwest. Busby and Carroll are well respected researchers in the field. Their findings are consistent with the vast majority of empirical research (from scholars all over the country) that finds that those who cohabit prior to marriage in general have lower levels of satisfaction and are at greater risk of divorcing.
    I am familiar with other studies by Busby and Carroll using this data. Data is drawn from people across the country. Typically they limit the number of LDS people included in their analysis to less than 5%. They include people from all religions and those that aren't religious. Furthermore, they controlled for religiosity in this study. The Journal of Family Psychology is one of the premier scholarly journals in the field. For this to get published it would have been reviewed anonymously by at least 3 scholars (that very likely aren't LDS) who would be careful to scrutinize the methods and results to make sure they weren't overstepping what the data was telling them.
    Congratulations to Busby and Carroll for another quality contribution to the field.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 22, 2010 6:26 p.m.

    In answer to CHS 85, I'm sure the good folks in San Francisco would reach a different conclusion.

    It is hard, however, to argue that there are some virtues associated with moral cleanliness. I'm guessing that Pagan and CHS 85 have no problem with any skirt that comes along but at the end of the day do they have a faithful wife and little children to welcome them home from work.

    About the only benefits I can see linked to immorality are the joys associated with the various sexually transmitted diseases that go with that kind of life style.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Dec. 22, 2010 3:26 p.m.

    I'm shocked that a LDS-funded university would come to this conclusion. Would the study have been published had the outcome been the opposite?

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 22, 2010 3:10 p.m.

    'If you bothered to actually do some research...' - Redshirt1701 | 2:51 p.m.

    Ok Redshirt, I'll call BYU up to do just that.

    Also, if marriage is SO great, and SO helpful to our society...

    why do some work to deny marriage, that very good, very great thing...

    to gay people?


  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    Dec. 22, 2010 2:51 p.m.

    To "Pagan | 10:04 a.m." you should just eat your words now because this is not the first study to come up with similar conclusions. You also missed the review by a NON-BYU researcher you agrees with the findings. The article said the following:

    "Sociologist Mark Regnerus of the University of Texas at Austin, who was not involved with this research, read the study and shared his take on the findings.

    "Couples who hit the honeymoon too early that is, prioritize sex promptly at the outset of a relationship often find their relationships underdeveloped when it comes to the qualities that make relationships stable and spouses reliable and trustworthy" "

    If you bothered to actually do some research, you would find that it has been known for years that the happiest couples waited until after marriage to engage in sex.

  • LaughingOutLoudAtYou WEST JORDAN, UTAH
    Dec. 22, 2010 2:44 p.m.

    Society laughs at chastity like there is something wrong with it. Instead of rewarding self control they mock it.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 22, 2010 12:48 p.m.

    Most reasonable people agree that people who don't sleep around with any and everbody are less likely to experience the joys associated with sexually transmitted diseases, some of which are incurable.

    It has even been suggested that people that show a little self control and wait until after the wedding vows to enjoy the sacraments of marriage are less likely to do the John Edwards thing.

    Translation: Whose going to trust someone who sleeps around to ever be faithful?

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 22, 2010 10:04 a.m.

    When the study is not from BYU, a college based and funded by the LDS church, who's official stance is AGAINST premarital sex to begin with....

    and changes from 'may' to 'is'....

    I'll pretend like this study didn't have an pre-concived conclusion before it even started.

  • azgal Buckeye, AZ
    Dec. 22, 2010 12:38 a.m.

    Surprise, surprise. God knows what is best, after all. Who are we to think we know otherwise?