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Justifications for Extramarital Relationships: The Association between Attitudes, Behaviors, and Gender

Shirley P. Glass and Thomas L. Wright
The Journal of Sex Research
Vol. 29, No. 3 (Aug., 1992), pp. 361-387
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3812938
Page Count: 27
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Abstract

Married persons completed anonymous questionnaires rating the extent to which they would feel justified having an extramarital relationship for 17 reasons derived from the clinical and research literatures. Men and women clustered these justifications similarly into four factors: sexual, romantic love, emotional intimacy, and extrinsic. Women approved less of sexual justifications and more of love justifications. Attitude-behavior congruence was demonstrated in the link between sexual justification and sexual involvement for both sexes and in the link between love justifications and emotional involvement for men. The data supported the observation that men separate sex and love; women appear to believe that love and sex go together and that falling in love justifies sexual involvement. Clinical implications include the importance of understanding the extramarital attitudes as cognitions and thresholds related to extramarital behavior. Research implications include the importance of assessing specific reasons including emotional justifications, assessing emotional involvement and sexual involvement, and analyzing for gender differences.

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