Understanding infidelity: correlates in a national random sample.

  title={Understanding infidelity: correlates in a national random sample.},
  author={David C. Atkins and Donald H. Baucom and Neil S. Jacobson},
  journal={Journal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association},
  volume={15 4},
  • David C. AtkinsD. BaucomN. Jacobson
  • Published 1 December 2001
  • Psychology
  • Journal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association
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