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Defining infidelity in research and couple counseling: a qualitative study

Moller, Naomi and Vossler, Andreas (2015). Defining infidelity in research and couple counseling: a qualitative study. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 41(5) pp. 487–497.

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Infidelity can destroy relationships but there is longstanding debate in the field about how best to define the construct. A clear definition of infidelity is important theoretically, empirically and therapeutically, however research on the topic is limited. This study explores how seven experienced couple counselors define infidelity, based on their work with heterosexual couples presenting with this issue. Thematic Analysis was used to analyze interview transcripts and research findings suggest a rich web of conflicting definitions of infidelity for couple counselors and, in their accounts, clients. The findings support an understanding of infidelity as socially constructed and the implications of this for the field are discussed.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN: 1521-0715
Keywords: couple counselling; infidelity; sexual infidelity; emotional infidelity; qualitative research
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 42459
Depositing User: Andreas Vossler
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2015 08:32
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2018 20:43
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