Emotional processes following disclosure of an extramarital affair

Michael M. Olson, Candyce S. Russell, Mindi Higgins-Kessler, Richard B. Miller

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)423-434
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Marital and Family Therapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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