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Adult Attachment, Cognitive Appraisal, and University Students' Reactions to Romantic Infidelity


  • The authors express their appreciation to Jonathon J. Beckmeyer, who provided invaluable feedback in the earlier stages of this research project and helped with the data collection procedures.

concerning this article should be addressed to Chia-Chih DC Wang, Department of Psychology, University of North Texas, 1155 Union Circle #311280, Denton, TX 76203 (e-mail:


This study examined the relationships between adult attachment, cognitive appraisal, and university students' behavioral and emotional reactions to infidelity situations in romantic relationships. Results based on 173 university students suggested that both attachment and cognitive appraisals significantly predicted distinct types of infidelity reactions and that participants' cognitive appraisal mediated the effects of attachment on behavioral and emotional reactions. Counseling applications for university counselors are discussed on the basis of attachment perspectives and cognitive appraisal models.