Study reveals that powerful women are as likely to cheat as men

April 30th, 2011 - 12:34 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Amsterdam, April 29 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A new study which was published on the 28th of April suggests that power other than gender determines if a person is likely to cheat on a partner. It is often said that men are more likely to cheat on their spouses than women.

The study which was published in the journal Psychological Science included women in powerful positions for the first time in a study of its kind. The researchers carried the survey online on about 1,561 anonymous participants. The participants were asked about their gender, their power with regards to position at work, confidence level and their perception of infidelity.

The researchers found afterwards that a person’s confidence level is a strong indication of whether a person is likely to cheat on a partner or not. What was evident was that regardless of the gender, power proved to be the number one factor that determined whether a person will cheat or not.

The researchers explained that previous studies proved that men are more likely to cheat than women because men in the past occupied more powerful positions than women.

Joris Lammers of Tilburg University in the Netherlands explained that, “As more and more women are in greater positions of power and are considered equal to men, then familiar assumptions about their behavior may also change.”

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