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ERIC Number: ED406622
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug-11
Pages: 17
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The Roles of Gender and Training in Perceptions of Infidelity.
Ivey, David C.; And Others
Despite the increasing incidence of infidelity, little empirical evidence is available to guide the efforts of marriage and family therapists in this area. This study examines how gender, participant training, and follow-up mitigating information relate to perceptions of individuals in couple relationships presenting for therapy with a history of infidelity. Participants included 126 non-therapists, 113 affiliates of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and 118 AAMFT clinical members who rated 2 written case histories: (1) a heterosexual couple presenting for therapy with concerns pertaining to the male partner's involvement in a 12-month affair, and (2) a couple where the female partner was involved in an affair. Follow-up scenarios describing the same couple subsequent to five marital therapy sessions were also rated. Results suggest that the views of individuals within these relationships are associated with each of the key variables examined in this study. The findings indicate that divergent and potentially inequitable standards are involved in the perception of male and female partner adjustment. Advanced training and experience appeared to be associated with an ability to recognize and report adjustment difficulties. Specific effects of training appear to interact with client gender in shaping impressions. (Author/RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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