Living within a Broken Vow: The Impact of Parental Infidelity among Late Adolescents in Establishing Romantic Relationships


The present study aimed to know the possible impacts of parental infidelity among late adolescents in establishing romantic relationships with significant others. It employed a qualitative design specifically phenomenological approach that dwells on the adolescents’ experiences regarding parental infidelity. This study used the approach on social constructivism in which it described the adolescents’ experiences about parental infidelity as being numerous and subjective as they interact with the social world. The researchers conducted a survey in identifying the participants. Through purposive sampling technique, twelve (12) participants from a university in Manila, enrolled during the academic year 2014-2015, ages 15 to 19, and experienced parental infidelity were chosen. Upon confirmation of their willingness to participate, ethical considerations were ensured. Recorded interviews and interactions with the participants were transcribed into field text and responses were carefully analyzed through Thematic Analysis and Collaizi’s Procedure. The study yielded that the impact of parental infidelity among late adolescents in establishing relationships is a process and is best depicted through a cross, or The C.R.O.S.S. in Infidelity, with five conceptual themes which also signify the process that late adolescents usually go through after discovering their parents’ infidel behavior. The themes conceptualized were: reaction, circumspection, self-recognition, stagnation, and overturn. The C.R.O.S.S In Infidelity may serve as an aid in counseling as well as in creating an intervention program to help these late adolescents cope with the experiences of parental infidelity.

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Francine Rose A. de Castro, University of the East, Philippines
Matt Barrameda, University of the East, Philippines
Matt Dadivas, University of the East, Philippines
Aily San Jos, University of the East, Philippines
Ellaine Panganiban, University of the East, Philippines

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Conference: ACP2015
Stream: Qualitative/Quantitative Research in any other area of Psychology

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