In the play called Society, all human beings as ‘actors’, use communication as our ‘stage’. Since every play needs a stage, the role of communication in the ‘acts’ of sexual relationships cannot be understated. Thus, the researcher sought to report the similarities and/or differences between sexual communication and more specifically sexual self-disclosure within polyamorous (the practice of engaging in multiple sexual relationships with the consent of all the people involved) and monogamous relationships in the Caribbean, more specifically Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica.

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The results showed that a fear of losing a partner or changing their perspective, may affect the nature of sexual self-disclosure. This in turn may lead not to a greater understanding of sexual rewards and costs, but instead a perception of the rewards and costs thereof. This perception was more relevant in monogamous context as it does lead to more rewarding and less costly sexual exchanges and to greater sexual satisfaction.

The results yielded some expected and unexpected similarities and differences. These can lead to the acceptance that all intimate relationships have problems, circumstances and solutions. Such acceptance can serve as the foundation for therapists, HIV and AIDS activists, scholars and participating individuals in the creating and implementing of solutions to sexually communicative problems.

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Contributed by: Steffon R. K. Campbell

SteffonAssistant Lecturer/Coordinator, Western Jamaica Programme 
Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC)
Faculty of Humanities and Education
The University of the West Indies, Mona
Western Jamaica Campus

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