Investigation on the Reasons and Backgrounds of Women's Extramarital Relations from Men's Perspective: A Grounded Theory

Document Type : Grounded Theory


1 M. A in general psychology, Yazd University. Yazd. Iran.

2 Associate professor, Department of psychology. Yazd University. Yazd, Iran


Community health depends on family health. One of the harms that can shake the foundation of a family is extramarital affairs. Due to the importance of the issue of infidelity and lack of research in the field of relationships outside the framework of women, the present study was conducted with the aim of discovering the causes and contexts of women's transnational relationships from the point of view of injured men. The research environment included the betrayed men of Yazd province. The method of qualitative research and its strategy was the data of the foundation. Twelve people were selected using targeted, theoretical sampling and snowball sampling. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews and analyzed using three stages of open, central and selective coding. Finally, 46 concepts, 14 sub-categories and 4 main categories were extracted. The main categories included "distancing" between men and women, "risky interactions", how couples interact with each other, "personality traits", including some characteristics of women, and "emotional / sexual dissatisfaction". The results showed that recognizing and understanding the contexts and causes of women's propensity for extramarital affairs could prevent such harm from occurring in future marital relationships. Therefore, counselors and psychologists can take steps to strengthen the foundation of the family by discovering the context and causes.


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