Texas State University – San Marcos
Gambling Your Soul Mate: Risk-Taking and Attitudes Towards Infidelity.
Degree: MA, Health Psychology, 2011, Texas State University – San Marcos
Engagement in risk-taking behaviors by young adults, such as alcohol use and unsafe sex practices, is a public health concern. The purpose of the present study is to examine if there is a significant correlation between risky decision-making and the past occurrence of infidelity. One hundred and seventy three undergraduate students were recruited from Texas State University-San Marcos. The total sample consisted of 128 (74.4%) females and 44 (25.6%) males, with a mean age (± SD) of 21.75 ± 4.81. All participants completed the Balloon Analogue Risk Task (BART), the Impulsive Sensation Seeking Subscale (ImpSS) of the Zuckerman’s Sensation Seeking Scale, the Rutgers Alcohol Problem Index (RAPI), the Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST-10), and an investigator created questionnaire that included questions on infidelity. A significant correlation was found between problematic alcohol use (RAPI) and past occurrence of infidelity. A significant difference was also found between the mean score for the risk-taking condition (BART) for a physical act of infidelity compared to the combined condition of emotional and physical acts of infidelity. There was not a significant correlation found to support risk-taking behaviors, impulsivity and illicit substance use on committed infidelity. Because this is the first known study to examine the relationship between general risk-taking behaviors and the occurrence of infidelity, further research should be conducted to continue exploring potential relationships between these two variables.
Advisors/Committee Members: Schepis, Ty S. (advisor), Rangel-Mayberry, Azucena (committee member), Ogletree, Shirley (committee member).
Subjects/Keywords: Infidelity; Emotional Infidelity; Risk-taking; Impulsivity; Sensation Seeking
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APA (6th Edition):
Tedeschi, H. (2011). Gambling Your Soul Mate: Risk-Taking and Attitudes Towards Infidelity. (Masters Thesis). Texas State University – San Marcos. Retrieved from https://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/4273
Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):
Tedeschi, Heather. “Gambling Your Soul Mate: Risk-Taking and Attitudes Towards Infidelity.” 2011. Masters Thesis, Texas State University – San Marcos. Accessed October 26, 2020.
MLA Handbook (7th Edition):
Tedeschi, Heather. “Gambling Your Soul Mate: Risk-Taking and Attitudes Towards Infidelity.” 2011. Web. 26 Oct 2020.
Tedeschi H. Gambling Your Soul Mate: Risk-Taking and Attitudes Towards Infidelity. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. Texas State University – San Marcos; 2011. [cited 2020 Oct 26].
Available from: https://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/4273.
Council of Science Editors:
Tedeschi H. Gambling Your Soul Mate: Risk-Taking and Attitudes Towards Infidelity. [Masters Thesis]. Texas State University – San Marcos; 2011. Available from: https://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/4273