Factors that Predict Marital Infidelity
D Charles Williams, Ph.D.
Below is a list of factors that research has suggested may lead to a higher likelihood of infidelity in a marriage. Please check the items that relate specifically to you and/or your significant other. The higher the total number of items, the more likely the potential risk of betrayal occurring.
Myself My Partner
( ) ( ) Cheating while dating.
( ) ( ) Cheating while engaged.
( ) ( ) A prior affair while married.
( ) ( ) Multiple affairs while married.
( ) ( ) Associating with single or divorced friends who cheat.
( ) ( ) Associating with married friends who cheat.
( ) ( ) Having a parent or both parents who have been unfaithful.
( ) ( ) Having a sibling who has cheated.
( ) ( ) Being a past victim of sexual abuse.
( ) ( ) Being financially dependent upon a partner.
( ) ( ) Frequently traveling for one’s career.
( ) ( ) Holding the belief that sex is needed on a daily basis.
( ) ( ) Demonstrating a history of retaliation or grudge-holding.
( ) ( ) Having an active pornography habit.
( ) ( ) Possessing a more sexually liberal mindset.
( ) ( ) Not having religious beliefs or practices.
( ) ( ) Having an early history of multiple sexual partners.
( ) ( ) Being a high status, high income, entitled individual.
( ) ( ) Having a sexual addiction or demonstrating compulsive sexual behavior.
( ) ( ) Being an emotionally, dependent individual with high attachment needs.
( ) ( ) Having a history of “relationship hopping” to avoid being alone.
( ) ( ) Demonstrating a lack of boundaries with the opposite sex (ie flirting or being too friendly).
( ) ( ) Working in an environment that is predominantly opposite-sexed.
(From the book: What’s Done in the Dark: Affair Proofing and Recovery from Infidelity: A Self Help Guide for Couples. (2017)