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From marital distress to divorce: The creation of new identities for the spouses.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2006 (English)In: Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, ISSN 1050-2556, Vol. 45, no 1-2, 125-147 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article was to examine how people arrived at the decision to divorce. Semi-structured interviews were carried out with twelve couples in which both agreed the relationship was in trouble and at least one partner was seriously considering divorce. We found that initiating informants used cognitive, interactional and preparatory strategies, aiming at reconstructing the mental representation of the partner, the self, the relationship, as well as of the divorce option. Non-initiating partners sometimes used resistance strategies. Results are discussed in terms of dynamics between partners, identity making process and implications for family practice.

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2006. Vol. 45, no 1-2, 125-147 p.
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distress, divorce, decision making
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-19966DOI: doi:10.1300/J087v45n01_07OAI: diva2:186491
The study was supported by a grant from the Swedish Council for Social Research to Henry Montgomery.Available from: 2007-11-21 Created: 2007-11-21 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

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