Emotional Processes Following Disclosure of an Extramarital Affair
marital infidelity, disclosure, affair, forgiveness, couples therapy
In-depth interviews with individuals who had experienced marital infidelity revealed a three-stage process following disclosure of an affair. The process starts with an "emotional roller coaster" and moves through a "moratorium" before efforts at trust building are recognized. Implications for the literature on forgiveness and the process of change in couples therapy are discussed as well as implications for future research and for practice.
Original Publication Citation
Olson, M. M., Russell, C. S., Higgins-Kessler, M., & Miller, R. B. (2002). Emotional processes following disclosure of an extramarital affair. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 28, 423-434.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Olson, Michael M.; Russell, Candyce S.; Higgins-Kessler, Mindi; and Miller, Richard B., "Emotional Processes Following Disclosure of an Extramarital Affair" (2002). Faculty Publications. 3972.
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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