Literature Review Assignment


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Read the course material and additional readings, as necessary.

Write an 8- to 10-page comprehensive review of the scholarly literature related to the topic you have selected for your research proposal.

Focus on the relationship between your independent and dependent variables. Be sure to end with a summary of the review of the literature, a restatement of your purpose, and your research question or questions.

Include at least 20 peer-reviewed publications. Review the list of acceptable publications found under the Course Information and Resources link on the modules page.

Use appropriate APA style and citations.

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Literature Review


Review of the Literature

The review of the literature on the impact of infidelity on family cohesion is divided into
different sections. The first section of the review of the literature will provide background
information and research findings on infidelity. Since there is literature deficiency on this topic,
this section will focus on the impact of couple infidelity on children. The second section will
address the topic the issue of trust regarding infidelity and marital relationships while the third
section will focus on the concept of marital relationships beliefs and how these beliefs can be
comprehended from an investment model of infidelity. This section addresses commitment in
marital relationships and the general impact of unfaithfulness on commitment.
Overview of the Study
Infidelity is a common problem that couples experience throughout the world. Even
though it is regarded as unacceptable, a significant minority of spouses commit infidelity in their
life. The focus of this study is to assess the impact of infidelity on family cohesion. The
investment model that is based on the interdependence theory will be used to explain the
continuance of people in a relationship and the level of commitment in a marital relationship.
Background on Infidelity
Marital fidelity is an important aspect in keeping the family together as well as bringing
up a healthy family and generations of individuals that respect the sanctity of marriage. Spouses
enter into marriages with fidelity, but Zare (2011) documents that 80% of marriages are
impacted by infidelity. Today, infidelity is the common cause of divorce and based on various
studies, 90% of divorces involve infidelity (Negash & Morgan, 2015). Researchers from the
University of Washington established that the rate of lifetime infidelity in men aged 60 and
above increased to 28% in 2006 from 20% in 1991 while women in the same age bracket



increased from 5% to 15% (Zare, 2011). As a result, infidelity is an important topic in
psychology literature that has attracted a lot of attention from scholars. Just as marriage occurs in
almost every culture of the world, so does infidelity. Studies reveal that around 90% of
Americans state that infidelity is wrong (Rodrigues, Lopes & Pereira, 2016). Regardless of many
people’s good intentions, estimations of marital infidelity range from 33% to 75% of men and
26% to 70% of women (Kemer, Bulgan & Çetinkaya Yıldız, 2015). Sexual affair is a topic that
thrills the human psyche. These affairs are full of drama, integrating sex, passion, jealousy,
betrayal, and anger. When unfaithfulness occurs, personal stakes increase, and extradyadic
threaten the family structure and a person’s sense of belonging (Negash & Morgan, 2015). In a
study of marital therapists, unfaithfulness was ranked as the second most damaging problems
that couple experience and the third most challenging to treat (Moreno & Kahumoku-Fessler,
The language used to describe unfaithfulness is associated with negative meanings. Some
of the terms that researchers have used to refer to infidelity include cheating, extramarital sex,
emotional infidelity, relational transgression, sexual infidelity, and affairs. Remarkably, most
research does not define infidelity. Marital therapists who offer literature after the occurrence of
infidelity and interventions seemingly scatter terms used to describe infidelity (Moreno &
Kahumoku-Fessler, 2018). Hence, this study uses two terms, affair participant and spouse of
affair participant. Affair participant refers to a married person who engages in an extramarital
affair while spouse of affair participant refers to the partner in marriage who has not participated
in infidelity. In a marital relationship where each spouse has engaged in an affair, each partner is
a participant. This study does not attempt to recognize villains or victims but provides an
improved understanding of the impact of infidelity on family cohesion.



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