The divorce process : toward a typology of marital dissolution Public Deposited

http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/concern/graduate_thesis_or_dissertations/ws859k070

Descriptions

Attribute NameValues
Creator
Abstract or Summary
  • The purpose of the present study was to describe the process of marital dissolution. This description entailed collecting information about the process itself and then typologizing divorces on the basis of their trajectories to dissolution. One hundred and seven divorced individuals were interviewed. This interview consisted of three parts. First, participants graphed their relationships from the recognition of significant marital dissatisfaction until the divorce was final. Second, participants divided these trajectories into three time periods: recognition, discussion, and action periods of the divorce process. Third, participants completed questionnaires that assessed the relationship dimensions of love, maintenance, ambivalence, conflict, trust, marital satisfaction, and comparison level for alternatives at each time period. Three types of marital dissolution were identified using cluster analysis. Rapid dissolutions reported the highest mean chance of divorce and slope during the initial two periods of the divorce process. Extended dissolutions were characterized by longer recognition and discussion periods and small slopes. Extended dissolutions were the most turbulent and more critical events were downturns than in the other types. Gradual dissolutions were moderate in comparison to rapid and extended dissolutions. No significant differences were found between participants from different types on the relationship dimensions. Significant differences as a function of who initiated the dissolution process were found on love and marital satisfaction. Initiators reported less love for their partners and were less satisfied with the marriage than noninitiators and mutual divorces. Significant differences were found by time period on all relationship dimensions. Multiple regressions were used to determine what relationship dimensions were predictors of the chance of divorce and the acceptance of marital termination at each of the three time periods. Conflict, maintenance, and marital satisfaction were the strongest predictors of the chance of divorce during the recognition and discussion periods. Ambivalence, trust, and love were the best predictors of the chance of divorce during the action period. The strongest predictors of acceptance of marital termination were love and comparison level for alternatives at each period.
Resource Type
Date Available
Date Copyright
Date Issued
Degree Level
Degree Name
Degree Field
Degree Grantor
Commencement Year
Advisor
Committee Member
Academic Affiliation
Non-Academic Affiliation
Subject
Rights Statement
Peer Reviewed
Language
Digitization Specifications
  • File scanned at 300 ppi (Monochrome) using Capture Perfect 3.0 on a Canon DR-9050C in PDF format. CVista PdfCompressor 4.0 was used for pdf compression and textual OCR.
Replaces
Additional Information
  • description.provenance : Submitted by Kirsten Clark (kcscannerosu@gmail.com) on 2013-07-11T20:45:20Z No. of bitstreams: 1 PonzettiJamesJoseph1984.pdf: 1364826 bytes, checksum: f4e0c624fff2edcaa49016118987bab3 (MD5)
  • description.provenance : Approved for entry into archive by Patricia Black(patricia.black@oregonstate.edu) on 2013-07-11T21:05:57Z (GMT) No. of bitstreams: 1 PonzettiJamesJoseph1984.pdf: 1364826 bytes, checksum: f4e0c624fff2edcaa49016118987bab3 (MD5)
  • description.provenance : Approved for entry into archive by Patricia Black(patricia.black@oregonstate.edu) on 2013-07-29T20:25:45Z (GMT) No. of bitstreams: 1 PonzettiJamesJoseph1984.pdf: 1364826 bytes, checksum: f4e0c624fff2edcaa49016118987bab3 (MD5)
  • description.provenance : Made available in DSpace on 2013-07-29T20:25:45Z (GMT). No. of bitstreams: 1 PonzettiJamesJoseph1984.pdf: 1364826 bytes, checksum: f4e0c624fff2edcaa49016118987bab3 (MD5) Previous issue date: 1983-06-07

Relationships

Parents:

This work has no parents.

Last modified

Downloadable Content

Download PDF

Items