Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science

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Infidelity Risk

  • Betul UrganciEmail author
  • Barış Sevi
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_1711-1



The factors that increase the prevalence of infidelity within the context of exclusive relationships.


Infidelity may include a broad range of behaviors depending on the perspective of the individual. Different behaviors from flirtatious acts, to emotional involvement, to sexual intercourse may or may not be considered infidelity. Although it may be hard to pinpoint infidelity with absolute precision, its negative consequences are easy to detect. Infidelity is related with negative health outcomes and is the most common reason for marital dissolution around the world. There are different factors that increase the risk of infidelity, and these factors that make people more prone to infidelity can be examined in three levels: personal level, relationship level, and contextual level.

Personal Level

Some individual differences are reported with a higher risk to engage...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Human DevelopmentCornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Brian B Boutwell
    • 1
  1. 1.Saint Louis UniversitySaint LouisUSA