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SCHEEREN, Patrícia; APELLANIZ, Iñigo de Alda Martínez de  and  WAGNER, Adriana. Marital infidelity: the experience of men and women. Temas psicol. [online]. 2018, vol.26, n.1, pp. 355-369. ISSN 1413-389X.

This article aims to investigate the experience of infidelity in married or cohabiting men and women, considering the frequency, types of behaviors and reasons for infidelity. Participants of the study were 237 subjects, 106 men and 131 women, aged between 21 and 73 years (M=38; SD=11.22), who reported having been unfaithful to their current partner. Participants answered a sociodemographic and relationship questionnaire, the Infidelity Questionnaire and the Revised Dyadic Adjustment Scale. The results show the similarity of the infidelity behaviors between men and women, although men were more frequently involved in sexual behaviors and women more in emotional behaviors. The study identified dissatisfaction with the partner or the relationship as the main reason for infidelity for both men and women. These findings highlight the importance of considering infidelity as a relational phenomenon, which reveals the importance of the relational approach in the treatment of couples who experience infidelity.

Keywords : Infidelity; marriage; infidelity behavior; reasons for infidelity.

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