Is Infidelity A Cause Or An Effect Of Poor Relationship Quality?

2084 Words Nov 21st, 2014 9 Pages
Infidelity in relationships has always been a universal problem and many researches have tirelessly focused their findings on this topic. However, there is little research done on whether or not infidelity is a cause or an effect of poor relationship quality in both dating and marital relationships. Because attitudes towards cheating in dating relationships and extramarital sex (EMS) continue to be negative, further and more specific research regarding why these actions occur, when ( before or after the relationship’s quality becomes poor), and how to prevent infidelity in a relationship need to be addressed.
According to the Associated Press’s Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 57% of men admit to committing infidelity in any relationship they’ve had, 54% of women admit to committing infidelity in any relationship they’ve had, and 41% of all marriages involve either one or both spouses admitted to infidelity. These percentages reveal the seriousness of this topic and the wide range of people infidelity affects. Not only does it affect a large population, but it is destructive to relationships and to persons involved individually. “The consequences of infidelity are often extremely severe. Infidelity can have destructive consequences both in terms of relationship termination (it is the most cited reason for conjugal divorce), and relationship violence (it is the most frequent cause of wife battery and wife killing)” (Drigotas, Safstrom, and Gentilia 2004).

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