The predictors of the traumatic effect of extramarital infidelity on married women: coping strategies, resources, and forgiveness

Özgün, Serkan
The aims of the present study are to examine the traumatic effects of EMI on the offended partners as well as to find out the predictors (coping, resources, and forgiveness) of the severity of PTSD. The participants of the study consisted of 189 married women who had continued their marriage after discovery of partners’ EMI. EMI was assessed with one item measure with the six-point continuum starting from “entirely sexual” to “entirely emotional” involvement. The instruments of the study: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptom Scale-Self Report (PSS-SR), Ways of Coping Inventory (WCI), The Conservation of Resources Evaluation (COR-E), and Forgiveness Inventory (FI: its reliability and validity study was completed for the present study). Although EMI is a traumatic event that was not consist with the DSM-IV, the results of the present study revealed that 34.4% of participants completed the whole DSM-IV criteria for PTSD. More specifically, the rates of participants who met the criteria were: 50.7% A (stressor), 97.9% B (intrusive recollection), 85.2% C (avoidant/numbing), 91.0% D (hyper-arousal), 93.1% E (duration), 85.7% F (functional significance). In addition, the results of the present study showed: Coping; problem-focused group had lower PTSD than emotion-focused coping groups, Resource; a resource loss group had higher PTSD than resource gain group, and Forgiveness; stage I-impact group showed the highest PTSD whereas the stage III-recovery group showed the lowest PTSD. Furthermore, the final model of regression analyses revealed the predictors of PTSD total symptom severity as emotion-focused coping, resource gain, and stage I-impact, and these variables explained 46 % of the total variance. The results were discussed in accordance with the relevant literature.


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S. Özgün, “The predictors of the traumatic effect of extramarital infidelity on married women: coping strategies, resources, and forgiveness,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2010.