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dc.contributor.authorDodini, Aaron Jarretten_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:50:21Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:50:21Z
dc.date.issued2000-09-08en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-12192000-130323en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/36284
dc.description.abstractThis exploratory study examined the beliefs of 82 experienced Marriage and Family Therapists regarding the treatment of marital infidelity. Participants were asked to read an on-line vignette and respond to a subsequent web based questionnaire by rating levels of hope, threat, forgiveness, and justification for a couple in regard to various affair scenarios. This study employed an experimental design using six groups to discover possible differences in responses across the dependent variables of hope, threat, forgiveness, and justification. Participants were randomly assigned to one of the six groups, which determined which vignette the participant read. The vignettes varied for each group by the type of affair (sexual, emotional, or combination), and the gender of the affair initiator. This study also looked at therapists' personal experience with affairs. Findings suggest an affair initiated by a woman was rated as more threatening to the marital relationship than an affair initiated by a man. Participants were also more likely to justify a woman's affair than a man's affair. While tentative, findings suggest that the type of affair and therapists' personal experience with affairs may be legitimate areas for further study within the context of infidelity research.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartthesis.pdfen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectJustificationen_US
dc.subjectType of Affairen_US
dc.subjectGenderen_US
dc.subjectInterneten_US
dc.subjectPersonal Experienceen_US
dc.subjectTherapist's Beliefsen_US
dc.subjectAFTAen_US
dc.subjectTreatmenten_US
dc.subjectHopeen_US
dc.subjectAffairsen_US
dc.subjectInfidelityen_US
dc.subjectForgivenessen_US
dc.subjectThreaten_US
dc.titleTreating Infidelity: Therapists' Ratings Of Hope, Threat, Forgiveness, And Justificationen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentHuman Developmenten_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHuman Developmenten_US
dc.contributor.committeechairMcCollum, Eric E.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberStith, Sandra M.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberRosen, Karen H.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-12192000-130323/en_US
dc.date.sdate2000-12-19en_US
dc.date.rdate2001-12-20
dc.date.adate2000-12-20en_US


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