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College student's definitions of infidelity

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Antolik, Brittany; Zander, Alyssa
Advisor(s)
Wolfgram, Susan M
Date
2010
Subject(s)
Man-woman relationships; College students--Attitudes; College students--Sexual behavior; Sexual ethics
Abstract
The increasing frequency of the internet and other technology use to engage in social activities has spurred the question of how individuals currently view infidelity, related to the many virtual and non-virtual aspects of modern life today (Henline, Lamke, & Howard, 2007). This nonrandom pilot study investigated definitions of infidelity by surveying 64 male and female college students at a Midwestern college. It was hypothesized that male and females would differ in their definitions of infidelity, based on the literature and the Symbolic Interaction theory. Survey data was statistically analyzed using cross-tabulations, mean comparisons, independent t-tests, and reliability analysis. Results indicated no significant gender differences. Males and females included both technological and nontechnological interactions in their definitions of infidelity. It would be recommended that implications for practitioners be suspended until future research would involve a larger sample and also to compare groups not only based on gender, but if currently in a partnered relationship.
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