Dr. Brea Burger’s primary research focus examines the social influences on emerging adults’ health outcomes. More specifically, investigating college students’ drinking, hooking-up, and unwanted sexual experiences while utilizing a social network lens. Recently, much of her work has focused on using person centered analyses (e.g., Latent Class and Latent Transition Analyses) to identify the types of social networks that students develop in regard to each of these behaviors.
Areas of Expertise (6)
The Pennsylvania State University: Ph. D.
University of Rhode Island: M.S.
Northern Arizona University: B.S.
The research presented in this article used a quantitative–qualitative mixed design to investigate components of infidelity. Two studies were completed. The first study compared responses from persons (n = 22, 16 women, 6 men) who, in the context of a romantic relationship, disclosed infidelity to their primary partner, with a matched control sample of persons (n = 22, 16 women, 6 men) who did not report infidelity. Study 2 involved in-depth, bibliographic interviews with those persons disclosing infidelity to primary partners. Study 2 explored how persons defined infidelity and the nature of their disclosure. As predicted, results from Study 1 demonstrated clear differences between persons who did and did not report infidelity on measures of sexual permissiveness and intentions to engage in extradyadic activity, but not on other sexological measures. In Study 2, disclosures of infidelity to primary partners were interrogated using principles of interpretive biography. Qualitative analyses revealed that disclosures of infidelity were embedded with multiple meanings, including transformative moments of self-understanding. Results from the current research add depth to researchers’ and clinicians’ understanding of how infidelity is defined and disclosed to partners.