Few studies have focused on sexual behavior among people who are divorced. Common sense tells us that a person who is depressed or angry about a divorce may have a decrease in both levels of sexual activity and sexual satisfaction. Steven Stack and Jim Gundlach (1992) found that age was inversely related to sex among the divorced: the older a per­son was at divorce, the less sexual activity occurred afterwards. Another relationship was found between religiosity and sex: the more religious a divorced person was, the less likely he or she was to have another sex partner.

Whether or not a person has sexual partners after a divorce also depends on whether his or her attitudes are liberal toward sex and the presence or absence of children. Divorced persons without children are more likely to have sexual partners than those with children. After a divorce, men are more likely to have one or more partners, whereas women are less likely to find new partners, especially if they are middle-aged or older (Laumann et al., 1994).