Since we began writing and teaching this course, the research on infidelity has expanded.
It used to be that the research was limited to the rates of infidelity, gender differences, and possible influences or mitigation by demographics such as income, education level, and religion.
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Of course, many couples never make it into couples therapy after infidelity has been discovered or revealed. Most often, the couple tries to deal with (or not deal with) the infidelity on their own.
Before we delve into treatment theory and practice, let’s look at some statistics on infidelity.
However, in reviewing these statistics, it is important to remember that the numbers on infidelity vary. Unfortunately, there is probably a great deal of truth to a point made by Dr.
A study conducted on a population-based sample of married women found that the annual prevalence of infidelity was much smaller on the basis of face-to-face interview (1.08%) than on the computer-assisted self-interview (6.13%) (Whisman & Snyder, 2007).
Statistics from 2004 indicate that the highest percentage of divorces – as much as 27% – in the US are caused by extramarital affairs.
Researchers Blow & Harnett (2005) took a comprehensive look at prevalence of infidelity and concluded that in any given year the likelihood of a relationship suffering from an affair is low – probably less than a 6 percent chance.
In a research finding particularly relevant to couples therapists, Glass and Wright (1988) looked specifically at the population of couples seeking therapy and reported that 50-65% of them initiated therapy as result of an infidelity. conducted a meta-analysis of 50 studies and reported that 34% of men and 24% of women have engaged in extramarital activities.
They stated that infidelity in dating relationships is even higher.
It is generally believed that infidelity is more common for men compared to women.