A study has revealed that couples who waited for sex until after marriage have rated their relationship stability 22% higher than those who did not wait.
More than 2,000 married couples were questioned as part of a study by the Brigham Young University’s School of Family Life in Utah.
Prof Dean Busby, who carried out the study, said: “There’s more to a relationship than sex, but we did find that those who waited longer were happier with the sexual aspect of their relationship. I think it’s because they’ve learned to talk and have the skills to work with issues that come up.”
For couples that became sexually involved prior to marriage, the benefits were about half as strong, according to findings published in the Journal of Family Psychology.