Sexual Infidelity Among Married Americans

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Sexual infidelity among married and cohabiting Americans has shown itself to be a frequent action by many. Though more than 90% of the general public speak out against infidelity saying it is “wrong” for married people to engage with another human being in a sexual manner, many still find themselves guilty of this action. In this essay I will go over the three underlying topics, the first being the challenges that researchers encounter while trying to collect reliable data, and the steps that are taken to ensure data quality. The next being my design of a study to get the most reliable data possible, and lastly I will explain sexual infidelity from a psychological perspective and how psychological explanations differ from the sociological explanations in this article.

It is indeed a big challenge for researchers to obtain accurate data when conducting studies such as this one. Research on sexual infidelity has focused on three domains—the personal values of the individual, the opportunities for extramarital sex, and the couple’s relationship (Treas & Giesen 2000). To ensure data quality in this study In a face-to-face survey, interviewers asked about social background, health, fertility, sexual activities, attitudes, and fantasies (Treas & Giesen 2000). After that portion of the interview participants then were required to fill out a short, self-administered questionnaire asking whether they had ever had extramarital sex and if they had ever had sex with someone who wasn’t there “partner” within the last year. This self recorded item was less vulnerable to social desirability bias than a person-to-person interview (Treas & Giesen 2000).

It is always hard to conduct a study with a topic as juicy as this one and get results that are 100% true. The bottom line comes down to people wanting to look like they aren’t as twisted as they truly are. I feel that the best way to get the results you’re looking for would be a private, anonymous questionnaire like...
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