Infidelity: A Practitioner's Guide to Working with Couples in Crisis


An act of infidelity can often be the catalyst for entering couples therapy, and the disclosure of an affair is an increasingly common occurrence within the context of marriage counseling already in progress. And yet, it is a situation that can leave even the most skilled practitioner at a loss. Infidelity: A Practitioner's Guide to Working with Couples in Crisis, presents a breadth and depth of perspectives from leading clinicians, researchers, and social scientists, on topics ranging from infidelity in cyberspace and in gay and lesbian couples to its known effects on children and its roots from an evolutionary perspective. This is the essential professional resource devoted to the understanding and "treatment" of infidelity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135925352
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/15/2007
  • Series: Family Therapy and Counseling Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eTextbook
  • Pages: 352
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Paul R. Peluso, Ph.D., is Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Mental Health Counseling, Department of Counselor Education, College of Education, Florida Atlantic University.

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Table of Contents

About the Editor     xi
Contributors     xiii
Series Editor's Foreword     xix
Preface     xxi
Acknowledgments     xxv
Infidelity: Introduction and Overview   Paul R. Peluso     1
Understanding Infidelity
Sex in Intimate Relationships: Variations and Challenges   Paul R. Rasmussen   Kathleen J. Kilborne     11
An Evolutionary Psychological Perspective on Infidelity   Alastair P. C. Davies   Todd K. Shackelford   Aaron T. Goetz     31
The Treatment of Infidelity in Couples Therapy
Research on Couple Therapy for Infidelity: What Do We Know About Helping Couples When There Has Been an Affair?   Deborah E. Kessel   Jessica H. Moon   David C. Atkins     55
The Intersystems Approach to Treating Infidelity   Stephen T. Fife   Gerald R. Weeks   Nancy Gambescia     71
Treating Infidelity: An Integrative Approach to Resolving Trauma and Promoting Forgiveness   Douglas K. Snyder   Donald H. Baucom   Kristina C. Gordon     99
Forgive and Forget: A Comparison of Emotionally Focused and Cognitive-Behavioral Models of Forgiveness and Intervention in the Context of Couple Infidelity   Heather B. MacIntosh   Joanne Hall   Susan M.Johnson     127
The Affair as a Catalyst for Change   Emily M. Brown     149
The Impact of Infidelity on Couples and Families From Different Social, Cultural, Generational, and Sexual Perspectives
Cyber-Infidelity   Rona Subotnik     169
Infidelity: A Multicultural Perspective   Richard C. Henriksen, Jr.     191
Male Couples and Monogamy: Clinical and Cultural Issues   Michael Shernoff     207
Lesbian Couples: The Infidelities of Women, Sexual and Otherwise   Beverly Burch     229
"An Affair to Remember": Infidelity and Its Impact on Children   Catherine Ford Sori     247
Professional Reflections and Conclusion
Reflections of a Master: An Interview with Frank Pittman   Frank Pittman   Katie Berman   Paul R. Peluso     279
Reflections on the Affair: An Experiential Perspective   Augustus Napier     291
Summarizing Infidelity: Lessons Learned Along the Way   Paul R. Peluso     319
Index     325
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