Attitudes Toward Marital Infidelity: A Nine-Culture Sampling of University Student Opinion

Christensen, Harold T.
August 1973
Journal of Comparative Family Studies;Autumn73, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p197
Academic Journal
This article presents information regarding attitudes towards marital infidelity. This 1958 study was replicated in 1968 at the same three universities. In addition, the 1968 study was expanded to include samples from several other colleges and universities located in Europe and the U.S., and was extended once more in 1970 to encompass a university in Taiwan. The analysis to follow comes from the more recent and more extensive data based upon this second round. It is to retest some of the earlier findings, but in a broader cross-cultural perspective and with particular attention to the question of mental and family health. Furthermore, the present report goes beyond the earlier one in a number of ways. Among these is the testing of attitudinal shifts over time, which has been made possible by the acquisition of 1968 data. One might hypothesize a positive relationship between premarital and extramarital coitus, based upon two assumptions, that each of these experiences will tend to select out the same liberal element of the population, and that experience in premarital sex will tend to make participants more liberal concerning all sex, including the extramarital.


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