Family Development

Journal Articles for Infidelity

We invite you to take a look at our list of journal articles. We have provided articles on the topic of infidelity and how it effects and connects to the unique needs and situations of military children, couples, and families. Each title is linked to a webpage that has more information on how to obtain this literature. Feel free to contact us if you have others to recommend so we can add to our growing list.


Allen, E.S., Rhoades, G.K., Stanley, S.M., Loew, B., & Markman, H.J. (2012). The effects of marriage education for army couples with a history of infidelity. Journal of Family Psychology, 26(1), 26-35.
While existing literature has begun to explore risk factors which may predict differential response to marriage education, a history of couple infidelity has not been examined to determine whether infidelity moderates the impacts of marriage education. The current study evaluated self-report marital satisfaction and communication skills in a sample of 662 married Army couples randomly assigned to marriage education (i.e., PREP) or a no-treatment control group and assessed prior to intervention, post-intervention, and at 1 year after intervention. Of these, 23.4% couples reported a history of infidelity in their marriage.

Gordon, K.C., Baucom, D.H., & Snyder, D.K. (2004). An integrative intervention for promoting recovery from extramarital affairs. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 30(2), 213-231.
The discovery or disclosure of an extramarital affair can have a devastating impact on partners, both individually and on the relationships. Research suggests that affairs occur relatively frequently in relationships and are a common presenting problem in couple therapy. However; despite their prevalence, there is little empirical treatment research in this area, and most therapists describe this problem as one of the more difficult to treat. In this study, we used a replicated case-study design to explore the efficacy of an integrative treatment designed to help couples recover from an affair.

Nemeth, J.M., Bonomi, A.E., Lee, M.A., Ludwin, J.M. (2012). Sexual Infidelity as Trigger for Intimate Partner Violence. Journal of Women’s Health, 21(9), 942-949.
We conducted a qualitative study to examine acute, situational factors and chronic stressors that triggered severe intimate partner violence (IPV) in women. Our sample consisted of 17 heterosexual couples, where the male was in detention for IPV and made telephone calls to his female victim. We used up to 4 hours of telephone conversational data for each couple to examine the couple’s understanding of (1) acute triggers for the violent event and (2) chronic stressors that created the underlying context for violence. Grounded theory guided our robust, iterative data analysis involving audiotape review, narrative summation, and thematic organization.

Snyder, D.K., Gasbarrini, M.F., Doss, B.D., & Scheider, D.M. (2011). Intervening with military couples struggling with issues of sexual infidelity. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 41, 201-208.
Both the prevalence and adverse impact of infidelity argue for the importance of disseminating evidence-based interventions for couples struggling with this highly disruptive event. We describe an integrative approach for promoting recovery from infidelity drawing on empirically supported treatments for couple distress as well as empirical literature regarding recovery from interpersonal trauma and recovery from injuries to the relationship. We then describe a structured 8 session adaptation of this protocol tailored to military couples struggling with issues of infidelity.