Factors that Predict Marital Infidelity

Factors that Predict Marital Infidelity

                        by

D Charles Williams, Ph.D.

Below is a list of factors that research has suggested may lead to a higher likelihood of infidelity in a marriage. Please check the items that relate specifically to you and/or your significant other. The higher the total number of items, the more likely the potential risk of betrayal occurring.

Myself    My Partner

(   )        (   )          Cheating while dating.

(   )        (   )          Cheating while engaged.

(   )        (   )          A prior affair while married.

(   )        (   )          Multiple affairs while married.

(   )        (   )          Associating with single or divorced friends who cheat.

(   )        (   )          Associating with married friends who cheat.

(   )        (   )          Having a parent or both parents who have been unfaithful.

(   )        (   )          Having a sibling who has cheated.

(   )        (   )          Being a past victim of sexual abuse.

(   )        (   )          Being financially dependent upon a partner.

(   )        (   )          Frequently traveling for one’s career.

(   )        (   )          Holding the belief that sex is needed on a daily basis.

(   )        (   )          Demonstrating a history of retaliation or grudge-holding.

(   )        (   )          Having an active pornography habit.

(   )        (   )          Possessing a more sexually liberal mindset.

(   )        (   )          Not having religious beliefs or practices.

(   )        (   )          Having an early history of multiple sexual partners.

(   )        (   )          Being a high status, high income, entitled individual.

(   )        (   )          Having a sexual addiction or demonstrating compulsive sexual behavior.

(   )        (   )          Being an emotionally, dependent individual with high attachment needs.

(   )        (   )          Having a history of “relationship hopping” to avoid being alone.

(   )        (   )          Demonstrating a lack of boundaries with the opposite sex (ie flirting or being too                                   friendly).

(   )        (   )          Working in an environment that is predominantly opposite-sexed.

(From the book: What’s Done in the Dark: Affair Proofing and Recovery from Infidelity: A Self Help Guide for Couples. (2017) 

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