Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Intended infidelity: Male-female differences in intention-behavior congruence and the relative prediction power of gender, relationship and individual difference variables
by van der Steen, Rozemarijn, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 147; 1586889
Abstract (Summary)

Compared to actual infidelity, little research has been carried out on intended infidelity. Based on male-female differences in sexual interest, stronger male than female interest in extra-dyadic sex (EDS) was predicted. The effects of relationship quality and individual differences in sexual interest, sensation seeking, and masculinity on intended EDS were also assessed. Males scored significantly higher than females on almost all sexual interest variables and indicated a significantly greater interest in EDS.

Sexual interest, as measured by socio-sexual orientation (SO), was a much stronger predictor of intended EDS than gender or relationship quality. SO fully mediated the effect of gender on EDS; however, sensation seeking and masculinity revealed no mediation. Contrary to expectations, relationship satisfaction had a greater impact on intended EDS at higher levels than at lower levels of SO. Willingness to have sex with someone who is already in a relationship proved the strongest predictor of intended EDS.

Keywords: Infidelity, Male, Female, Sexuality, Extra-dyadic sex (EDS), Relationship quality, Socio-sexual orientation (SO).

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Roe, Diane
Commitee: Chiappe, Dan, MacDonald, Kevin B., Pedersen, William
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Social psychology, Womens studies, Gender studies
Keywords: Females, Infidelity, Intention, Males, Relationship quality, Sexuality
Publication Number: 1586889
ISBN: 9781321695502
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