Family-of-Origin, Sexual Attitudes, and Perceptions of Infidelity: A Mediation Analysis

Stephen T. Fife, Christian M. Stewart, Lindsey G. Hawkins

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The purpose of this study was to examine the influence family of origin and sexual attitudes have on perceptions of infidelity through a mediation analysis to test whether sexual attitudes mediates the relationship between family of origin attitudes and perceptions of infidelity. Results indicated that family of origin attitudes were linked with higher permissive sexual attitudes and lower perceptions of infidelity. Additionally, results indicated an indirect link between family of origin attitudes and perceptions of infidelity through sexual attitudes. These findings align with previous research examining how family of origin influences the occurrence of infidelity and provides insight to helping professionals as they address infidelity in romantic relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-159
Number of pages18
JournalAmerican Journal of Family Therapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 14 2020


  • Infidelity
  • couple therapy
  • family of origin
  • family therapy
  • sexuality

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