Today's addition to the UAP will discuss some
statistics related to infidelity (B).
To catch up, here is the list of my posts, thus far. RT's Ultimate Affair Plan RT's Ultimate Affair Plan
50-65% are in therapy due to infidelity (1)
20-40% of couples experienced infidelity (3)
25% of couples therapy is initiated by an affair, with 30% more being revealed in therapy (4).
15% of couples incorporate swinging into their relationships (2)
78% of men denied ever sexually cheating (3)
88% of women denied ever sexually cheating (3)
90% of those that did have an affair justified it due to unhappiness (4). This speaks to permissive attitudes and not specifically causation. They also found that women were twice as likely to cheat due to marital dissatisfaction, meaning that they are more predictable than men are.
Men that cheated tended to be older, used more "substances" and were sexually dissatisfied in the primary relationship (5).
Disclosing the affair resulted in 57% of relationships surviving, in the context of college dating relationships (6). Hearing about it or discovering it for themselves creates more damage.
Attitudes and their relation to infidelity (7) (Strong/Weak/ or no correlation(prediction):
-Permissive attitude to extramarital sex (strong correlation to actual affairs)
-Extra-marital activity permissiveness, such as hanging out with individuals of opposite sex in somewhat of an emotional/inappropriate context(strong)
-Intention to cheat (Strong)
-Jealousy, those that cheated reported less jealousy regarding possibilities from their partner/flirtation(Weak)
-Sex to please one's partner, versus to please themselves (predicted Fidelity)
How were affairs revealed (7):
-38% in person
-38% or over the phone
-12% other/3rd party
1 Atkins, Baucom & Jacobson, (2001). Understanding infidelity: correlates in a national random sample.
2: Mcginley R. (1995). History of Swinging
3: Blow, A. & Hartnett, K. (2005). Infidelity in committed relationships II: A substantive review.
4: Glass, S. & Wright, T.L. (1992) Justifications for extramarital involvement: The association between attitudes, behaviors, and gender.
5: Atkins, D.C. (2003. Infidelity and marital therapy: Initial findings from a randomized clinical trial.
6: Afifi, et. al (2001). Identity concerns following a severe relational transgression: The role of discovery method for the relational outcomes of infidelity.
7: Walters, A., & Burger, B. (2013). 'I Love You, and I Cheated': Investigating Disclosures of Infidelity to Primary Romantic Partners. Sexuality & Culture