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Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Psychology

Committee Chair

Alyson Williams, PhD


Infidelity is one of the most common contributors to relationship distress in couples and can have many negative implications for partner and relationship functioning. It is important for therapists to have effective treatments to help couples manage the distress of infidelity. Attachment theory provides a useful, theoretical - framework for understanding the meaning of infidelity for both partners and for guiding therapeutic interventions.· This review describes the history and current research in the area of adult attachment specifically as it applies to the way couples cope with infidelity. Clinical implications and recommendations to therapists are discussed.


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