This study extends research on communication surrounding the discovery of infidelity by examining how adult children recall becoming aware of their parents’ infidelity. This analysis resulted in the development of a five category typology of children’s parental infidelity discovery methods: third party discovery, discovery from a family member (not the parent who cheated), discovery from the parent who cheated, incremental discovery, and explicit discovery. These findings are compared and contrasted to that of previous research on infidelity.
Thorson, A. (2013). Adult Children’s Discovery of Their Parents’ Infidelity. Qualitative Communication Research, 2(1), 61-80. doi:10.1525/qcr.2013.2.1.61