Factors associated with adjustment to marital separation

Graham B. Spanier, Margie E. Lachman

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The dramatic increase in divorce in the United States over the past two decades has resulted in a need for closer examination of the factors associated with the adjustment to marital separation. This article reports a multivariate examination of health and social factors associated with post-separation adjustment In depth interviews were completed with 205 individuals, separated no longer than 26 months, about their marriage, its failure, and its aftermath. The study examines the role of social contact, health, economic stability, and dating behavior in the adjustment to marital separation. Multiple regression analysis is used to examine the independent and collective influences on adjustment, measured both by the Bradburn Affect Balance Scale and the Cantril Ladder technique. The analysis consistently demonstrated that economic stability, health status, and frequency of dating are significant predictors of post-separation adjustment. The implications of these findings are considered with special attention to some variations between sub-groups of the sample.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)369-381
Number of pages13
JournalSociological Focus
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1980

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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