Guo Jianmei, director of the center for women's studies at Beijing University, told a Newsday correspondent, "Walking marriages reflect sweeping changes in Chinese society. Although a society may be classified as polygynous, not all marriages in it necessarily are; monogamous marriages may in fact predominate. A consensual qualitative survey. Religion has commonly weighed in on the matter of which relatives, if any, are allowed to marry. Irrational beliefs about monogamy and long-term satisfaction in monogamous relationships can create more anxiety and difficulty when discussing sexual desire, frequency, and needs for intimacy. Family Therapy for the Coming-Out Crisis. Tracking the occurrence of polygamy is further complicated in jurisdictions where it has been banned, but continues to be practiced de facto polygamy. How will risk of STD be handled? In various societies the choice of partner is often limited to suitable persons from specific social groups. Anthropologist Jack Goody 's comparative study of marriage around the world utilizing the Ethnographic Atlas found a strong correlation between intensive plough agriculture, dowry and monogamy. The de facto form of polygyny is found in other parts of the world as well including some Mormon sects and Muslim families in the United States. While it might seem that this study is outdated, consider that the experienced medical doctor you see today was trained when this study was conducted. Legal Discrimination — This can relate to housing choices, employment, and medical rights of access and decision-making. There are other marriages in which the man is older than the woman. They also mentioned the American Psychological Association Guidelines for Psychotherapy with the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients as a good resource to guide your work. Psycholegal soft spots and advance planning for same-sex couples. Kotulski highlights 1, federal rights awarded to straight people when they marry that are denied to gay and lesbian couples.