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Intentions and attitudes of university students towards infidelity: investment model perspective

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2019
Anlatan, Ömer
This study examines to what extent commitment level of Turkish university students predicts their intentions and attitudes towards infidelity with the unique contributions of satisfaction, investment size, and quality of alternatives as the components of the Investment Model after some demographic (age and gender) and relational variables (duration of relationship) are controlled. The sample of the present study consisted of 403 Turkish university students (83.4 % female; 15.9 % male) who were in a current romantic relationship. The Personal Information Form, the Relationship Stability Scale, the Intentions towards Infidelity Scale, and the Attitudes towards Infidelity Scale were used for data collection. Convenience sampling method and quantitative correlational design was utilized for the present study. A Multivariate Analysis of Variance (MANOVA), two seperate independent samples t-tests, a simultaneous multiple regression, and two seperate hierarchical multiple regression analyses were conducted for examining research questions. According to the results, men showed significantly higher intentions and more positive attitudes towards infidelity. On the other hand, no significant difference observed between men and women on the Investment Model variables. Additionally, satisfaction, investment, and quality of alternatives significantly predicted the commitment level of participants. Furthermore, commitment level of participants significantly predicted the variance in their intentions and attitudes towards infidelity (29.5 % and 14 %, respectively) with the unique contributions of Investment Model variables after the effects of demographic and relational variables were controlled. Results were discussed in relation to the relevant literature, implications and recommendations for practice and research were presented.