Patterns of psychological adaptation to divorce after a long-term marriage
|Title||Patterns of psychological adaptation to divorce after a long-term marriage|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2015|
|Authors||Perrig-Chiello, P, Hutchison, S, Morselli, D|
|Journal||Journal of Social and Personal Relationships|
|Keywords||divorce, long-term marriage, personality, psychological adaptation, resilience, vulnerability|
Despite the increase in divorces after a long relationship, this trend remains a neglected research topic. The present contribution seeks to identify patterns of psychological adaptation to divorce after a long-term marriage. Data from a questionnaire study with 308 persons aged 45–65 years, who divorced after having been married for an average of 25 years, are presented. Exploratory latent profile analysis with various well-being outcomes revealed five groups: one with average adapted, one with resilients, and three small groups with seriously affected individuals. Discriminant variables between the groups were personality, time since separation, a new relationship, and financial situation. Age, gender, and length of marriage played a marginal role; satisfaction with the former marriage and initiator status were not relevant.