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The role of stress in divorce: a three-nation retrospective study


Bodenmann, Guy; Charvoz, Linda; Bradbury, Thomas N; Bertoni, Anna; Iafrate, Raffaella; Giuliani, Christina; Banse, Rainer; Behling, Jenny (2007). The role of stress in divorce: a three-nation retrospective study. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 24(5):707-728.

Abstract

Drawing upon earlier models of stress and divorce, this retrospective study investigates how divorced individuals appraise the role of stress in their divorce. Data from divorced individuals (N = 662) from Germany, Italy, and Switzerland suggest that low commitment and deficits in interpersonal competencies (communication, problem solving, coping) are more likely than stress to be perceived as reasons for divorce. However, when considering everyday stresses, participants reported trivial daily events to be one of the main reasons contributing to their decision to divorce. Although general stress level did not influence individuals’ decision to divorce, most participants
considered the accumulation of everyday stresses as a
central trigger for divorce. Future research should investigate the process of divorce, particularly in relation to commitment and interpersonal competencies.

Abstract

Drawing upon earlier models of stress and divorce, this retrospective study investigates how divorced individuals appraise the role of stress in their divorce. Data from divorced individuals (N = 662) from Germany, Italy, and Switzerland suggest that low commitment and deficits in interpersonal competencies (communication, problem solving, coping) are more likely than stress to be perceived as reasons for divorce. However, when considering everyday stresses, participants reported trivial daily events to be one of the main reasons contributing to their decision to divorce. Although general stress level did not influence individuals’ decision to divorce, most participants
considered the accumulation of everyday stresses as a
central trigger for divorce. Future research should investigate the process of divorce, particularly in relation to commitment and interpersonal competencies.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Language:English
Date:2007
Deposited On:22 Oct 2012 09:04
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 14:37
Publisher:Sage Publications
ISSN:0265-4075
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/0265407507081456

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