An Exploratory Study of the Role of Infidelity Typologies in Predicting Attachment Anxiety and Avoidance

Abby Girard, Jennifer J. Connor, Scott R. Woolley

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Abstract

Extradyadic involvement (EDI) is one of the greatest challenges that couples and couples therapists face. Many clinicians and researchers attempt to understand motivations for EDI; however, there is a lack of theory-driven research to support claims of infidelity typologies. The current study explored the relationship between adult attachment dimensions of avoidance and anxiety and the attachment-based typology proposed by Author et al. (). Results indicate significant differences in attachment anxiety in high anxiety affair types versus low anxiety affair types. Results confirmed significant differences in mean attachment anxiety for participants endorsing multiple affairs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)124-134
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of marital and family therapy
Volume46
Issue number1
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

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