What are they doing? A national survey of help-seeking and relationship-repair behavior of individuals who are thinking about divorce

Adam M. Galovan, Alan J. Hawkins, Steven M. Harris, David M. Simpson

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Abstract

Guided by the Stages of Change (SOC) model, we explored relationship-repair behaviors among those thinking about divorce, employing a recent national longitudinal survey of married individuals (N = 745). Person-centered analyses explored whether there were distinct typologies of relationship-repair behaviors. We found four distinct classes: Intense Seekers (6%), who engaged at high levels of all kinds of repair behaviors, including professional services; Moderate-fading Seekers (14%), who engaged in moderate levels of various repair behaviors, including professional services, but did not sustain that behavior over a year; and Minimal-private Seekers (42%) and Private-sustained Seekers (38%), who eschewed professional services and engaged in low-to-moderate personal and private repair behaviors. We discuss possible applications of the SOC model to the divorce decision-making process and conclude with implications for practice, including the need to allocate greater attention to personal and self-help interventions that match the way most people try to repair their relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of marital and family therapy
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • divorce ideation
  • latent class analysis
  • national survey
  • reconciliation
  • Relationship-repair behavior
  • stages of change

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article

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