The Infidelity of General Petraeus: Factors that Lead to Extramarital Affairs

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Paula Broadwell and General Petraeus: Infidelity in high places. Image by US Army/Spc. Eric Bartelt

Infidelity and Opportunity

Cheaters.com summarizes research by the social science journal Society, “men are in the workforce at a higher rate and with more hours worked then  women, thus men have more opportunity to engage in infidelity.

Cheaters.com also notes that “the number of days traveling for work” has been cited as a factor.

According to Examiner.com, “Paula Broadwell was embedded with General Petraeus to write her thesis/book in 2010” (pun probably intended.)

In recent years, younger women’s rates of infidelity equal those of men.

Cheaters.com comments, “The knowledge economy has created a movement in which women are increasingly becoming more educated and putting the genders on more equal footing financially. This trend is making women just as likely to cheat as men in the current generation.”

Paula Broadwell and General Petraeus: Infidelity Model

The betrayal of General Petraeus fits an older model of infidelity, one where a powerful man steps out on a less powerful woman, while the much younger, also-married Paula Broadwell fits into the newer model. With young men and women both equally likely to cheat, the newer model of infidelity will bring its own heartbreak.

Sources:

Bobby Goldsteins Productions, Inc. and Cheaters.com. Infidelity and GDP. (2011). Accessed November 11, 2012.

Dozier, K. and Yost, P. FBI, CIA Face Questions About Petraeus Affair. (2012). ABC News.com Accessed November 11, 2012.

Holly Petraeus, Betrayed Wife of Gen. Petraeus, Faces Public Humiliation. (2012). The Examiner.com. Accessed November 11, 2012.

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