Romantic and sexual relationship experiences among bisexual individuals

Brian A. Feinstein*, Christina Dyar

*Corresponding author for this work

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Romantic and sexual relationships can provide people with support and satisfaction, contributing to improved well-being. However, bisexual individuals face unique dating and relationship challenges, which can have negative effects on their well-being. The goal of this chapter is to review the empirical literature on bisexual individuals' experiences in romantic and sexual relationships, including the unique challenges associated with different types of relationships (e.g., same-sex and different-sex) and the specific challenges within relationships, such as facing rejection from potential partners, having their sexual identity become invisible in the context of monogamous relationships, and increased exposure to intimate partner violence. Most of this chapter focuses on self-identified bisexual individuals, but we briefly describe some of the relationship challenges facing people who report bisexual attractions and/or sexual behaviors but do not self-identify as bisexual. Finally, we discuss sexual health concerns among bisexual individuals, including increased risk for sexually transmitted infections and teen pregnancy, which are partially due to engagement in sexual risk behavior and exposure to victimization. Despite increased empirical attention to bisexual individuals, there is still a need for additional research to better understand their unique romantic and sexual relationship experiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBisexuality
Subtitle of host publicationTheories, Research, and Recommendations for the Invisible Sexuality
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783319715353
ISBN (Print)9783319715346
StatePublished - Mar 7 2018


  • Binegativity
  • Bisexual relationships
  • Bisexual sexual health
  • Bisexuality
  • IPV

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Psychology(all)

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    Feinstein, B. A., & Dyar, C. (2018). Romantic and sexual relationship experiences among bisexual individuals. In Bisexuality: Theories, Research, and Recommendations for the Invisible Sexuality (pp. 145-163). Springer International Publishing.