Thee Causal Model of the Relationship between Tendency to Marital Infidelity and Media Use Mediated by Dysfunctional Attitudes and Emotional Divorce

Document Type : Original Article


1 University Lecturer and PhD Candidate in General Psychology, Kermanshah Branch, Islamic Azad University

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Kermanshah Branch, Islamic Azad University.

3 Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Kermanshah Branch, Islamic Azad University.


The aim of this study was to examine the causal model of the relationship between tendency to marital infidelity and media use mediated by dysfunctional attitudes and emotional divorce. This is a descriptive-correlational research, and its statistical population consisted of married people in Kermanshah, Iran. Based on the availability sampling method, 300 people were selected from among those who had referred to psychologists' clinics, and they answered the marital infidelity and dysfunctional attitudes scales and media use and emotional divorce questionnaires. The findings revealed that media use indirectly and through dysfunctional attitudes and emotional divorce directly affect tendency to marital infidelity. Also, media use directly predicts dysfunctional attitudes, and dysfunctional attitudes directly affect emotional divorce. Emotional divorce further directly predicts tendency to marital infidelity.


Abbasi, S(2018). Social media addiction in romantic relationships: Does user's age influence vulnerability to social media infidelity. Personality and Individual Diffrences,13(9): 277-280.
Allen ,ES (2018). Premarital precursors of marital infidelity. Family process, 47(2):243-59.
Aviram, I., & Hamburger, Y(2015). Online infidelity: Aspects of dyadic satisfaction, self‐disclosure, and narcissism. Journal of Computer‐Mediated Communication, 10(3), 34-54.
Fincham, F.D (2017). Forgiveness and conflict resolution in marriage. Journal of Family Psychology, 18(2): 72-81.
Corsini, R. (2016). Understanding and similarity in marriage. Journal of Abnormal social psychology, 52(3): 8-12.
Fricker, j. Moore , S (2016).Relationship satisfaction: The role of love style and attachment style.Current Research in Social Psychology,32(4):7-18.
Harley F(2015). Freedom of infidelity. Journal of Research in personality,13(4): 231-246.
Horwitz,A.  Helen, R. Sandra, H. W(2019). Becoming Married and Mental Health: A Longitudinal Study Of A Scohort Of Young Adults. Journal Of Marriage and the family therapy, 58(6): 895-907.
Kleine. M(2016). The Impact Of Accounts and Attributions Fllowing Marital Infidelity. A Dissertation Resented in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Doctor of Philosofy. University of Missour- Columbia.
Leeker, A (2017). Effects of Sex, Sexual Orientation, Infidelity Expectations, and Love on Distress related to Emotional and Sexual Infidelity, Journal of Family Psychology, 23(1): 68–91.
McDaniel B(2018). Do you have anything to hide?Infidelity-related behaviars on social media sites and marital satisfaction, computers in human behavior. 20(9):88-95.
Poldi, A ,Perry E(2017) Coping with mate poaching: gender differences in detection of infidelity-related threats , 36 (3):17–24.
Pham, H(2017). Early maladaptive schemasand adult attachment in a UK clinical sample. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory Research and Practice. 78(4): 549–564.
Platt, R. A. Nalbone, D. P (2018). Parental conflict and infidelity as predictors of audalt children’s attachment style and  infidelity. The Amarican Journal of Family Therapy. 36:149-161.
Straus, M. A(2018). Physical assaults by wives a major social problem. In R. J. Gelles. D. J. Loseke (Eds) / Current controversies on family violence (Pp. 67-87), Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
Yoo, H (2016). Couple communication, emotional and sexual intimacy, and relationship satisfaction. J Sex Marital Therapy. 40(4): 275-93 .
Zhang H(2019). Association between parental marital conflict and Internet addiction: A moderated mediation analysis. J Affective Disorders. 22(3):27-32.