Age-hypogamy, emotional intelligence, sexual self-efficacy, and subjective happiness associations

Thomas, Marilyn, Banbury, Samantha, Lusher, Joanne and Chandler, Chris (2023) Age-hypogamy, emotional intelligence, sexual self-efficacy, and subjective happiness associations. Sexual and Relationship Therapy. pp. 1-12. ISSN 1468-1749


Research examining age-gap relationships is sparse, particularly on women who date younger men. Using a content analysis consisting of non-parametric statistical analysis, we investigated age-hypogamy (with male partners approximately 7-10 years younger) and age homogamy with levels of emotional intelligence (E.I.), sexual self-efficacy (SSE), and subjective happiness (S.H.). Twenty-four women were recruited via social media platforms. Seventeen women in age-hypogamy relationships had a mean age = 45.86 years (SD = 4.47), and seven women in age-homogamy relationships had a mean age = 42.34 years (SD = 9.04) with an age range for both groups between 25 and 57 years. Results suggested that age-hypogamy relationships scored higher on levels of E.I., S.H., and SSE when compared to women in age-homogamy relationships. Since SSE, E.I., and S.H. are associated with fulfilling intimate relationships, this study questions the preconceived notion that age-hypogamy relationships are any less fulfilling or successful than those in age-homogamy relationships. Future research among a larger and more diverse cohort in age gap relationships is needed to confirm the unique qualities of this population.

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