Relationship dissolution following marital infidelity: comparing European Americans and Asian Americans

Shu Yuan, Dana A. Weiser

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The present study examined how attitudes toward divorce as well as the Investment Model relate to the decision to divorce following a spouse's infidelity among European Americans and Asian/Asian Americans. Participants were 325 participants (155 male, 170 female) who completed a survey. Structural Equation Modeling was employed to test the hypotheses. Overall, the model showed that gender, personal income, infidelity type, quality of alternative, commitment, and divorce attitudes are associated with the stay/leave decision. Ethnicity moderated these relationships as the investment model variables are associated with European American participants' decision-making whereas for Asian Americans, only attitude toward divorce was a strong predictor. These findings suggest European Americans and Asian Americans weigh different factors when making the decision to divorce or remain together. Understanding the variables associated with stay/leave decisions, particularly with a cross-cultural lens, provides insight into why some individuals remain together following an infidelity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)631-650
Number of pages20
JournalMarriage and Family Review
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 3 2019


  • Cross-cultural
  • decision-making
  • divorce
  • infidelity
  • investment model


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