Infidelity and Divorce

FAt first glance, infidelity, separation, and divorce are issues that seemingly only relate to the couple involved, but these issues can impact all members of a family. Infidelity, separation, and divorce can affect the emotional and psychological development of children and create discord in extended families. However, the long-term implications for families that face these issues may be mitigated through appropriate counseling interventions.

It is important that you, as a future marriage, couple, and family counselor, use research to help you to select the right interventions for families going through infidelity, separation, and divorce. For this Assignment, you consider factors that contribute to the development of infidelity, separation, and divorce. Then, you examine evidence-based interventions.

To Prepare:

  • Review the article, “Outcomes of couples with infidelity in a community-based sample of couple therapy.” Consider the intervention strategies used and consider how the choice of intervention strategy affects the outcomes.
  • Review the other articles provided in this week’s resources. Consider the methods for addressing infidelity and related family issues in these cases. Think about the factors that contribute to infidelity in marriages and with couples.

Reflect on how infidelity and divorce could affect various members of a family, including children and the extended family of each partner.

Write your paper on infidelity and divorce and related family issues, using the instructions below as a guide:

  • Describe factors that contribute to the development of infidelity, separation, or divorce. Provide an example of each.
  • Describe two evidence-based interventions you might use to address these factors and explain why these interventions would be effective.

Submit your paper by Day 7.

Format your paper according to APA guidelines.

Suggested length: 2–3 pages, not including title and references.

Required Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.

Readings

  • Gladding, S. T. (2015). Family therapy: History, theory, and practice. (6th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.
    • Chapter 15, “Working with Substance-Related Disorders, Domestic Violence, and Child Abuse”
  • Atkins, D. C., Marín, R. A., Lo, T. T. Y., Klann, N., & Hahlweg, K. (2010). Outcomes of couples with infidelity in a community-based sample of couple therapy. Journal of Family Psychology24(2), 212–216.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases
  • Balderrama-Durbin, C. M., Allen, E. S., & Rhoades, G. K. (2012). Demand and withdraw behaviors in couples with a history of infidelity. Journal of Family Psychology26(1), 11–17.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases
  • Perilla, J. L., Vasquez Serrata, J.,, Weinberg, J., & Lippy, C. A. (2012). Integrating women’s voices and theory: A comprehensive domestic violence intervention for Latinas. Women & Therapy35(1-2), 93–105.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases
  • Schade, L. C., & Sandberg, J. G. (2012). Healing the attachment injury of marital infidelity using emotionally focused couples therapy: A case illustration. The American Journal of Family Therapy40(5), 434–444.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases
  • Schaeffer, C. M., Swenson, C. C., Tuerk, E. H., & Henggeler, S. W. (2013). Comprehensive treatment for co-occurring child maltreatment and parental substance abuse: Outcomes from a 24-month pilot study of the MST-Building Stronger Families program. Child Abuse & Neglect, 37(8), 596–607.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases

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