SINGAPORE: About six out of 10 (61 per cent) people with an unfaithful spouse in Singapore remain married, living with the spouse. That is according to an online survey on marital infidelity covering 164 people conducted between July 2012 and early 2013.
TOUCH Family Services (TFS), the affiliate of TOUCH Community Services that had carried out the study, said the survey did not specifically address reasons for couples to stay married.
However, it listed possible reasons including allowing the children to grow in the environment of a complete family, financial dependency of the affected individual on the unfaithful spouse, and that the affected person has healed and moved on.
The survey also found that a mode of two years and a median of five years was the duration of marriage when the unfaithful spouse got involved in an affair.
TFS said the finding appears to reflect that couples are now susceptible to infidelity earlier in the marriage than the proverbial "seven-year itch". It also said that the majority (65.2 per cent) of the respondents did not seek professional counselling after they found out about their unfaithful spouse.
Reasons given include not knowing where to seek help, too embarrassed to speak with a third-party or simply wanting to be self-reliant in the recovery process. - CNA/ac
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