DATE: Sunday, December 2, 2012
TIME: 2:00 p.m
PLACE: Studio, Lambert Road campus
CANDIDATE: Douglas C. Wilson
DISSERTATION TITLE: "Gay Male Couples and the Issue of Monogamy Versus Non-Monogamy"
PROGRAM-TRACK/YEAR: PhD-B; 2008
CHAIR: Dr. Oksana Yakushko
READER: Dr. Lisa Sloan
EXTERNAL READER: Dr. Winston Wilde
Wilson, D. (2012). Gay Male Couples and the Issue of Monogamy Versus Non-Monogamy (Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2012)
Although not the cultural norm in heterosexual relationships, many gay male couples opt to have mutually agreed upon non-monogamous relationships. This multiple case study investigates this particular phenomenon by interviewing eight couples composed of both monogamous and non-monogamous couples. The results suggest both types of relational choices are viable options for gay couples. In both types of relationships gay men are aware of positive and detrimental or limiting aspects of their choices. Furthermore, the study elucidates the relational dynamics of gay men in non-monogamous relationships.
Keywords: non-monogamy, monogamy, gay men, relationships. Please note: All oral defense attendees must shuttle from the Best Western Hotel in Carpinteria.