Factors leading to adultery in the military population

Jarvis S Brinson, Tennessee State University


Psychotherapists working with couples can expect to encounter relationship betrayals such as sexual infidelity with some regularity. Although data on the prevalence of infidelity is difficult to obtain, several studies have found that it is common enough to merit regular assessment by therapists. However, there is little to no literature stating what factors lead to commission of adultery in military populations. The factors leading to adultery in military populations were investigated. The contributing factors in the military populations were determined by surveying psychologists that primarily serve military personnel (active duty and discharged). The participants were selected from among the American Psychological Association (APA) members who listed the military as their area of interest. Surveys were mailed to participants along with self-addressed (and stamped) envelopes. The results provided an indication that there are distinct factors (examples include: marital stress, geographically distant partner and long work hours) that lead to the commission of adultery in the military population. This information should prove to be useful for further, more detailed research and in the development of interventions for these populations as well as prevention programs.

Subject Area

Social psychology|Clinical psychology|Individual & family studies|Military studies

Recommended Citation

Jarvis S Brinson, "Factors leading to adultery in the military population" (2008). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI1456722.