November 6, 2015
Back in 1953 Alfred Kinsey learned that 26 percent of wives and 50 percent of husbands said they had had a least one affair by the time they were 40 years old (Kinsey, Pomeroy, and Martin, 1953).
Humphrey and Strong in 1976 found that 46% of all couples coming for couple therapy identified the problem as one or both partner’s extramarital affair.
In 1990, Reinisch reviewed some studies to find affair rates of 37% for men and 29% of women. Janus and Janus (1993) found very similar figures with 35% of married men and 26% of married women reporting at least one extramarital sexual encounter.
Spring (1997) says affairs affect one of every 2.7 couples – in-other-words 37% of couples.
Psychologist Layton-Tholl, (1998) says the current sufficient statistic is roughly half of all men and women get involved in extramarital affairs.
Vaughn (1998) has an even more startling analysis of the data. She approximates that 80% of marriages will be affected by one partner who has an affair. She bases this on an estimate that 60% of men and 40% of women who are married will have an affair. She estimates that 20% of the women will have affairs with unmarried men not included in the 60%
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