Motivations for infidelity in heterosexual dating couples: The roles of gender, personality differences, and sociosexual orientation

  title={Motivations for infidelity in heterosexual dating couples: The roles of gender, personality differences, and sociosexual orientation},
  author={William Douglas Barta and Susan M. Kiene},
  journal={Journal of Social and Personal Relationships},
  pages={339 - 360}
  • W. Barta, S. Kiene
  • Published 1 June 2005
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Social and Personal Relationships
A motivational/individual differences model of infidelity is proposed in the course of empirically evaluating the traditional dichotomy between emotional and sexual motives. A scale assessing motivations for infidelity was developed and administered to 432 college students, 120 of whom reported past dating infidelity. Four motivations were identified and were associated as predicted with Big Five and other trait constructs; Sex was predicted by male gender, lower age, and unrestricted… 

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