Emotional processes following disclosure of an extramarital affair

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

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Abstract

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
Volume28
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2002

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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(4), 423-434.

Emotional processes following disclosure of an extramarital affair. / Olson, Michael M.; Russell, Candyce S.; Higgins-Kessler, Mindi; Miller, Richard B.

In: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Vol. 28, No. 4, 10.2002, p. 423-434.

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Olson, MM, Russell, CS, Higgins-Kessler, M & Miller, RB 2002, 'Emotional processes following disclosure of an extramarital affair', Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 423-434.
Olson MM, Russell CS, Higgins-Kessler M, Miller RB. Emotional processes following disclosure of an extramarital affair. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. 2002 Oct;28(4):423-434.
Olson, Michael M. ; Russell, Candyce S. ; Higgins-Kessler, Mindi ; Miller, Richard B. / Emotional processes following disclosure of an extramarital affair. In: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. 2002 ; Vol. 28, No. 4. pp. 423-434.
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