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Abstract

College students (n=80) completed a four section survey consisting of demographic questions, the Rosenberg self-esteem scale, and two scenarios, each followed by 23 statements designed to determine participants’ perceived blaming and coping styles. Each participant read one scenario depicting a sexual affair and one depicting an emotional affair. Within these scenarios, participants were randomly assigned to a truthfulness condition: half depicting a confession and half a concealment. The findings indicate that when confronted with emotional affairs, women expressed greater likelihood of externalizing blame and displaying emotional and mature coping styles than did men. Additionally, women’s self-esteem was not related to self-blame or use of immature coping styles. Among men, self-esteem was strongly related to coping and blaming styles.

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