A new study looks at relationships before and after an affair and finds that once an affair occurs, it’s exceedingly rare for a healthy relationship to follow.
The authors note that previous research has suggested infidelity leads to relationship problems, but they want to determine whether this is the case here.
They analyze the attitudes of 1,000 German adults who have experienced infidelity and match them with people who have not.
After the affair, most relationships do not recover, although with unfaithful women and couples with lower relationship commitments, this is not always true.
However, for years after the event, affairs were different from most other life events.
People involved in infidelity did not recover.