+ Site Statistics
+ Search Articles
+ PDF Full Text Service
How our service works
Request PDF Full Text
+ Follow Us
Follow on Facebook
Follow on Twitter
Follow on LinkedIn
+ Subscribe to Site Feeds
Most Shared
PDF Full Text
+ Translate
+ Recently Requested

Trajectories of adjustment to couple relationship separation



Trajectories of adjustment to couple relationship separation



Family Process 52(2): 228-243



To test a stress-diathesis model of adjustment to separation, the current study describes the trajectories of different aspects of separation adjustment in people formerly married or cohabiting, and moderators of those trajectories. A convenience sample of 303 recently separated individuals (169 women; 134 men) completed assessments of their emotional attachment to the former partner, loneliness, psychological distress, and coparenting conflict at two time points 6 months apart. Multilevel modeling of the overlapping multicohort design was used to estimate the trajectories of these different aspects of adjustment as a function of time since separation, marital status, gender, presence of children from the relationship, who initiated separation, social support, and anxious attachment. Attachment to the former partner, loneliness, and psychological distress were initially high but improved markedly across the 2 years after separation, but coparenting conflict was high and stable. Adjustment problems were similar in men and women, and in those formerly married or cohabiting, except that reported coparenting conflict was higher in men than women. Low social support and high anxious attachment predicted persistent attachment to the former partner, loneliness, and psychological distress. Coparenting conflict is a common, chronic problem for many separated individuals, and individuals with certain psychological vulnerabilities also experience chronic personal distress.

Please choose payment method:






(PDF emailed within 0-6 h: $19.90)

Accession: 056630707

Download citation: RISBibTeXText

PMID: 23763683

DOI: 10.1111/famp.12006


Related references

Assessing adult adjustment to relationship separation: the Psychological Adjustment to Separation Test (PAST). Journal of Family Psychology 43) 20(4): 632-640, 2006

The relationship between a couple's marital adjustment and beliefs about diabetes mellitus. Diabetes Educator 16(2): 108-112, 1990

Treatment response in couple therapy: Relationship adjustment and individual functioning change processes. Journal of Family Psychology 43) 29(5): 657-666, 2016

Coping with early breast cancer: couple adjustment processes and couple-based intervention. Psychiatry 72(4): 321-345, 2010

Enhancing the Relationship Adjustment of South Asian Canadian Couples Using a Systemic-Constructivist Approach to Couple Therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy 42(4): 615-629, 2016

Couple and individual adjustment for 2 years following a randomized clinical trial comparing traditional versus integrative behavioral couple therapy. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 74(6): 1180-1191, 2006

Moderating effects of teacher-student relationship in adolescent trajectories of emotional and behavioral adjustment. Developmental Psychology 49(4): 690-705, 2013

Adjustment to a Stressful Event in the Couple: Depression of the Partner as Risk for Adjustment Disorder. Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik, Medizinische Psychologie 65(8): 296-303, 2015

The relationship of maternal separation anxiety and differentiation of self to children's separation anxiety and adjustment to kindergarten: a study in Druze families. Journal of Anxiety Disorders 20(8): 973-995, 2006

Developmental trajectories of adolescent cannabis use and their relationship to young adult social and behavioural adjustment: A longitudinal study of Australian youth. Addictive Behaviors 53: 11-18, 2016

Emotional adjustment over 1 year post-diagnosis in patients with cancer: understanding and predicting adjustment trajectories. Supportive Care in Cancer 23(5): 1391-1399, 2015

Anxiety and chronic couple relationship stress moderate adrenocortical response to couple interaction in expectant parents. British Journal of Psychology 104(4): 525-542, 2014

The relationship of early separation from parents to differences in adjustment in adolescent boys and girls. Psychiatry 22: 399-405, 1959

Facilitated disclosure versus clinical accommodation of infidelity secrets: an early pivot point in couple therapy. Part 1: couple relationship ethics, pragmatics, and attachment. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy 35(1): 125-143, 2009

Trajectories of therapeutic alliance in couple versus individual therapy: three-level models. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy 38(1): 79-107, 2012