The purpose of this article is to update and add to the existing literature on co-marital sex, commonly referred to as swinging.
Following the lead of researchers J.R. Smith and L.G. Smith, swinging is defined here as the consensual exchange of marital partners for sexual purposes.
Many investigators, using different methodologies and different samples, have reached similar conclusions with respect to many social and demographic characteristics of swingers.
For example they have been found to come mainly from the middle class; to be above average in education; to be predominantly white; to be less likely than most to have political party affiliations; and, although there is a wide age range, most swingers fall in the 28 to 45 category.
A total of 476 people participated in the study: 342 swingers and 134 non- swingers.
Sixty of the participating swingers were among approximately 250 who had attended a convention on swinging in March 1982.
A table was set up outside a display area, and every other person who walked by was asked if he/she would fill out a questionnaire.
Swingers basically differ only with respect to swinging, the findings here point to the conclusion that they are seen as being different in many ways, not only on such things as tolerance for other sexually variant behaviors but on issues removed from sex.


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