A guidebook for the young adult to acknowledge the challenges of having experienced parental infidelity in adolescence

Bergner (2005) recognizes exclusivity, intimacy, sexual desire, and commitment as the foundations of love; therefore, he acknowledges the damaging consequences of a partner or spouse, engaging in sexual infidelity to be detrimental to the relationship. Consequently, engaging in extramarital affairs encompasses many risks. Researchers found nearly 90% of Americans believe engaging in an extra-marital affair is morally wrong for a married person (Treas & Giesen, 2000). However, Thorson (2009) explains that children who are part of the family system are also directly affected by the infidelity, yet are constantly overlooked during research. The purpose of this project was to develop a guidebook for young adults who experienced the negative impact of parental infidelity in their adolescence and to help them better understand themselves and the potential concerns of building their own romantic relationships. The guidebook will focus on providing the young adult with insight regarding the meaning of infidelity, the family life-cycle stages, trauma/betrayal, history of infidelity, statistics of infidelity, developmental factors, attachment theory, and narrative therapy as a treatment modality.