Study: An Accusation of Cheating May Lead to Violence
Accusing your man of cheating can be dangerous to your health, a shocking new study has found.
According to a new study of male inmates jailed for felony domestic assault, sexual jealousy, and accusations of infidelity, were likely to trigger violent attacks.
Researchers analyzed recorded phone conversations between 17men jailed in Washington State for felonious domestic violence and their female partners (who suffered serious injuries ranging from head trauma to lost pregnancies). The study, recently released in the Women’s Journal of Health, was funded by the Criminal Justice Research Center at Ohio State and the Group Health Foundation of Seattle.
Julianna Nemeth, lead author of the study and a doctoral student in public health at Ohio State University, and co-author, Amy Bonomi, Ph.D., associate professor of human development and family science at Ohio State, analyzed phone calls between jailed abusers and their victims, and found that an accusation of cheating was the primary trigger for abuse.