Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Marriage and Family Therapy

First Committee Member

Katherine Hertlein

Number of Pages



Infidelity is a frequent treatment issue in couples treatment and poses a number of challenges for clinicians who treat cases of infidelity. Research and literature on the treatment of infidelity is often scattered, inconsistent from author to author, and, in general, can be difficult for clinicians to grasp and comprehend. The present study will add to existing literature on infidelity treatment with sexual/intimacy components; The present study investigated the integration of sex therapy techniques/philosophy into the treatment of infidelity and attempted to identify the degree to which practitioners are integrating sex therapy into their infidelity treatment. Clinicians participated in a focus group and interview and were asked questions about their assessment and treatment practices regarding infidelity and overlapping sexual issues in such cases; The findings indicated that clinicians do address sexual/intimacy issues in infidelity treatment, but most do not incorporate sex therapy techniques. The findings of this study provide direction for future research on the treatment of infidelity.


Infidelity; Integrated; Overlapping; Sex; Themes; Therapy; Treating; Treatment

Controlled Subject

Social psychology; Clinical psychology

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3266.56 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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