You're more likely to cheat if you think your parents were unfaithful, study shows
WASHINGTON (Circa) -- A study from the journal Personal Relationships says people are more likely to cheat on their partner if they believe their parents have been unfaithful.
Over 1,000 people participated in the three part study which found that cheating would be more likely to happen among offspring once they begin adult relationships. Despite this revelation, the study did not find any impact on an offspring's ability to trust their partner in a relationship.
“There is a lot of research about how family experiences shape individuals’ relationship and sexual behaviors, and I was curious as to whether infidelity was also influenced by family experiences,” study author Dana Weiser, an assistant professor at Texas Tech University told PsyPost.
Weiser warns that family experiences do not mean someone is doomed to cheat on their partner.
“There are many other factors, such as relationship satisfaction, that play an extremely important role in predicting infidelity as well. This means engaging in relationship maintenance and high-quality communication will go far in reducing the likelihood of infidelity in your own relationship," Weiser said.
The professor tells PsyPost they decided to study the relationship between parents and offspring because of infidelity rates in the United States. Among married couples in the United States, 15 to 20 percent are likely to have infidelity involved.
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