Award Date

12-1-2012

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Marriage and Family Therapy

First Committee Member

Stephen Fife

Second Committee Member

Katherine Hertlein

Third Committee Member

Gerald Weeks

Fourth Committee Member

Shannon Smith

Number of Pages

70

Abstract

Infidelity is one of the most common presenting problems for couples and marriage therapists. It is widely acknowledged to be a destructive phenomenon for a couple's relationship and is one of the most difficult presenting problems to treat. Treatment models for infidelity vary and have little empirical testing. The purpose of the proposed study was to investigate the client's perspective of the process for healing from infidelity. Additionally, the proposed study looked to qualitatively assess and amalgamate participants' experience of the healing process for infidelity. Themes and relationships among these themes were identified using open, axial, and selective coding processes. These themes include: rebuilding trust, managing emotions, with four sub-themes: a decision to heal, change in perspective, communication, and role of therapy.

Keywords

Adultery – Treatment; Couples therapy; Marriage counseling; Marital psychotherapy

Disciplines

Counseling Psychology | Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling

Language

English


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