Polygamy is a general term that means multiple spouses (White & White, 2005). There are two types of polygamy: polygyny, which occurs when one man has many wives, and polyandry, which occurs when one woman has many husbands. Polygamy has been practiced in the United States as well as in other parts of the world for many centuries. When a family decides to add a new wife to the family, the decision is carefully considered and must be approved before the husband and new wife can get married (Altman & Ginat, 1996). The effect of polygamy on children has been researched but is still unclear. There are many who believe that polygamy is beneficial because it allows men to have many children and helps society (White & White, 2005). On the other hand, many view polygamy as an inappropriate relationship (Moore-Emmett, 2004).
Michael D. Reiter, Ph.D
"Polygamy: An Inappropriate Relationship,"
Mako: NSU Undergraduate Student Journal: Vol. 1
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