What’s sex gotta do with it? relationship and risk factors influencing infidelity in young couples

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dc.contributor.author Jefferson, Sean G.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-03T17:51:40Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-03T17:51:40Z
dc.date.issued 2012-05-03
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/13787
dc.description.abstract Relationship and risk factors of infidelity within intimate and romantic relationships were examined using the Relationship and Risk factors influencing Infidelity Model (RRIM). It is based in part on Sternberg’s (1998) theoretical construct known as the triangular theory of love. Relationship factors included demographics, and relationship, development, strengths, and dynamics. Risk factors included sexual compatibility, and relationship problems. Data gleaned from Wave IV of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) measured a subsample of approximately 1,000 respondents (n = 939) young adults from 24 to 32 years of age (M = 28.64, SD = 1.79, Mdn = 28.61) and was designed to test the accuracy of the RRIM. Hierarchical logistic regression was used to explicate the relationships found across the elements within the RRIM. The overall results revealed that the RRIM correctly classified that 72.2% of the men and 78.8% of women were not likely to commit infidelity. The final results revealed that the level of commitment, the feeling of love, and the frequency of sex within the relationship were statistically significantly likely to influence infidelity between both men and women. Meanwhile, education and believing that one’s relationship would be permanent were statistically significantly likely to influence infidelity for women, but not for men. Although these results are encouraging, limitations were found within the RRIM and problems generated from using the Add Health must be acknowledged as several measures were not reliable. Future investigations should focus on how role models within young adults immediate and external environment influence their participation in committing infidelity. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Infidelity en_US
dc.subject Relationships en_US
dc.subject Intimate en_US
dc.subject Risk Factors en_US
dc.subject Romantic en_US
dc.subject Young Adults en_US
dc.title What’s sex gotta do with it? relationship and risk factors influencing infidelity in young couples en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Science en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Family Studies and Human Services en_US
dc.description.advisor Farrell J. Webb en_US
dc.subject.umi Social Psychology (0451) en_US
dc.date.published 2012 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US

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