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Sons of unfaithful men more likely to cheat: study

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Does infidelity run in the family? New research suggests when it comes to men, it does.

According to the Daily Mail, scientists from Prague's Charles University found that men are more likely to be unfaithful if their fathers had been. In a study of 86 couples, the researchers noted both men and women cheated on their partners, but women did not seem to be as influenced by their parents' unfaithfulness.

Researcher Jan Havlicek suggested one possible explanation for the link between cheating fathers and sons is that boys pick up from their fathers what's appropriate and what they can get away with, the Daily Mail says.

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The research also found that men aren't motivated to stray because they are unsatisfied with their relationship, but because they want sex and more sexual partners. Women, on the other hand, are more likely to be unfaithful if they are unhappy with their relationship.

Mr. Havlicek told the newspaper he believes women cheat to find a new partner.

"In some cases, it's better to have someone who's not perfect than to be alone - particularly when you have children," he said. "'But in the meantime you can look around for some other options. Many of the women we interviewed said that's just what they were doing."

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Wency Leung is a general assignment reporter for the Life section. Before joining The Globe in early 2010, she has worked as a reporter in Vancouver, Prague, and Phnom Penh. More

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