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How Close is Too Close? “It’s Complicated”: Factors Associated with Cheating, Electronic Extradyadic Intimacy, & Attraction to Close Cross-sex Friends

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Title: How Close is Too Close? “It’s Complicated”: Factors Associated with Cheating, Electronic Extradyadic Intimacy, & Attraction to Close Cross-sex Friends
Author: Wreford, Julia
Department: Department of Psychology
Program: Psychology
Advisor: Hennig, Karl
Abstract: Previous research indicates that there are a number of factors that contribute to one’s propensity to engage in cheating. The purpose of the current study was to explore trends in relationships, cheating, and attraction, and to determine the extent to which electronic media influences these. In a self-report survey of 265 participants (217 females; M age 20.9; SD 1.5), it was found that sociosexual orientation and impulsivity were related to past and current cheating, and increased quality of alternatives, diminished commitment and dissatisfaction were associated with current cheating. Impulsivity, quality of alternatives and diminished commitment were also found to be associated with electronic extradyadic intimacy. Finally, diminished commitment and increased perceived quality of alternatives were found to be associated with attraction to close cross-sex friends. Implications for research and clinical practice are discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/4103
Date: 2012-10


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