People who have been unfaithful in a relations are more than three times as likely as likely to do so in the next, a new study suggests.
Researchers from the University of Denver studied nearly 500 single adults aged 18 to 35. They were asked whether they or their partners had ever had “sexual relations” outside the marriage.
Those who admitted to infidelity in one relationship were then found to be three and a half times more likely to do in their next relationships than the more loyal study subjects. The figure equates to around 45 per cent of all those who admitted infidelity.
Similarly, people whose partners had been unfaithful to them were three times more likely to have their same experience in their own subsequent relationships.
Researcher Kayla Knopp told the Huffington Post:
“Our advice would be to talk with your partner about your relationship histories. If one or both of you has had trouble staying faithful in the past, what happened then? Might it happen again? How can you and your partner anticipate those difficulties together, and tackle them as a team?”
Fidelity does not necessarily easy to achieve, she added:
“Commitment takes effort and communication, and being able to confront the possibility that you or your partner might struggle to maintain fidelity can make you better able to handle those challenges in the future.”
The study, entitled Once a Cheater….. was presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association.
Earlier this year, a UCLA study suggest that admitting infidelity to a spouse made divorce or separation less likely than attempting to conceal it.
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