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In marital relationships, exclusivity expectations are commonly assumed, although they are not always met.
When they are not met, research has found that psychological damage can occur, including feelings of rage and betrayal, lowering of sexual and personal confidence, and damage to self-image.
A common way to test whether an innate jealousy response exists between sexes is to use a forced-choice questionnaire.
This style of questionnaire asks participants "yes or no" and "response A or response B" style questions about certain scenarios.
According to The New York Times, the most consistent data on infidelity comes from the University of Chicago's General Social Survey (GSS).
Many studies using forced choice questionnaires have found statistically significant results supporting an innate sex difference between men and women.Maximizing female fitness is theorized to require males in the relationship to invest all their resources in the offspring.These conflicting strategies are theorized to have resulted in selection of different jealousy mechanisms that are designed to enhance the fitness of the respective gender.In addition, recent research finds that differences in gender may possibly be explained by other mechanisms including power and sensations seeking.For example, one study found that some women in more financially independent and higher positions of power, were also more likely to be more unfaithful to their partners.
In that study which involved 19,065 people during a 15-year period, rates of infidelity among men were found to have risen from 20 to 28%, and rates for women, 5% to 15%.