EMOTIONAL PROCESSES FOLLOWING DISCLOSURE OF AN EXTRAMARITAL AFFAIR

Authors


  • Michael M. Olson, Department of Family Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston; Candyce S. Russell and Mindi Higgins-Kessler, School of Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University; Richard B. Miller, School of Family Life, Brigham Young University.

  • This research was supported by the Vera Mowery McAninch Professorship. We thank Allison Joy for her work in transcribing interviews and Matthew Orr, PhD, for his assistance in development of instruments for and earlier version of this study.

concerning this article should be sent of Michael M. Olson, department of family Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX 77555-1123. E-mail: mmolson@utmb.edu.

Abstract

In-depth interviews with individuals who had experienced marital infidelity revealed a three-stage process following disclosure of an affair. The process starts with an “emotional roller coaster” and moves through a “moratorium” before efforts at trust building are recognized. Implications for the literature on forgiveness and the process of change in couples therapy are discussed as well as implications for future research and for practice.

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