Testing a Model of Communication Responses to Relationship Infidelity

Dana A. Weiser, Daniel J. Weigel

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How partners communicate following a serious relationship transgression helps determine whether a relationship continues or dissolves. The current study utilized the exit-voice-loyalty-neglect (EVLN) and investment models to explore how individuals (n = 146) would communicate upon learning of a partner's infidelity. Individuals were more likely to actively respond to infidelity using exit and voice in the EVLN model. As infidelity increased in seriousness, individuals were also more likely to communicate in a relationship destructive manner and less likely to respond in a relationship constructive manner. Commitment, satisfaction, investment size, and relationship length emerged as consistent predictors of communication responses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)416-435
Number of pages20
JournalCommunication Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 2014


  • Accommodation Responses
  • Commitment
  • Communication Strategies
  • Infidelity
  • Relationship Transgressions


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