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Cheating Wives Rise 40 pct in Two Decades

Update Date: Jul 25, 2014 05:41 PM EDT

Women are catching up to men in terms of adultery. New research from the National Opinion Research Center's General Social Survey revealed that the proportion of wives who cheat have spiked 40 percent in the past two decades.

The survey revealed that 15 percent of wives report being unfaithful, while 21 percent have husbands admit to cheating on their wives.

Researchers said that the percentage of men cheating on their wives as held constant over the past 20 years at 21 percent, according to the Daily Mail.

Relationship experts believe that women's growing financial independence could be partly responsible for the rise in infidelity. They said that the modern woman, who earns a higher salary than her older counterparts, might feel like she has less to lose from a divorce.

Another cause could be that modern women don't feel as much pressure to stay in broken marriages, as divorce is currently less stigmatized.

"To the extent that men play a role, it reflects a certain inattentiveness," wrote psychologists Patricia Johnson and Mark Michaels, according to the Daily Mail. "Relationship neglect is often (but not always) a primary cause of infidelity."

"It's the idea that if your marriage isn't making you happy, then you can always get out and find another partner," added Dr. Robi Ludwig, a New York- based psychotherapist, according to the Daily Mail.

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