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The Beginning of an Extra-Marital Affair: A Descriptive Phenomenological Psychological Study and Clinical Implications

In: Journal of Phenomenological Psychology
Author: Nicolle Zapien1
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  • 1 California Institute of Integral Studies San Francisco
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Extra-marital affairs are common in the us and frequently result in difficulties for individuals, families, and society. The psychological literature, however, does not provide adequate client-centered treatment directions for those who have affairs and seek psychotherapy for this issue.

In an attempt to begin to address this gap in the literature, a descriptive phenomenological psychological study, a method that has the goal of articulating the general structure of an experience, in a pretheoretical manner, was undertaken. Results suggest areas of further inquiry and may imply directions for psychotherapeutic praxis with those who have had affairs.

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