Award Date

December 2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Marriage and Family Therapy

First Committee Member

Stephen Fife

Second Committee Member

Katherine Hertlein

Third Committee Member

Carissa D'Aniello

Fourth Committee Member

Jared Lau

Number of Pages



Understanding the impact infidelity has on individuals, couples, families, and societies has increasingly become a topic of interest over the last few decades. In recent years, scholars have sought to increase understanding of infidelity through investigating the relationship between infidelity and attachment theory. This research study examines the impact attitudes about infidelity, attachment styles, and gender have on the way in which individuals perceive infidelity. Data was gathered from 310 participants recruited from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and social media. Participants were 18 years of age and older and were, at the time of the study, either in a committed romantic relationship or had previously been in one. Results from a multiple linear regression, using stepwise selection, indicate that permissive sexual attitudes significantly predict permissive perceptions of infidelity. Results also indicated that anxious attachment significantly predicted less permissive perceptions of infidelity. These results provide marriage and family therapists with insight into important factors to attend to when treating infidelity.


Affairs; Connection; Couples; Intergenerational; Relationships; Sexuality


Counseling Psychology | Family, Life Course, and Society | Mental and Social Health

File Format


Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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