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The Decision to Divorce: Changes in the Narrative about the Marriage

Peck, Teresa (2002) The Decision to Divorce: Changes in the Narrative about the Marriage. In: Narrative, Memory and Life Transitions. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, pp. 121-126.

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      This paper examines the changes that take place in narrative about the marital
      relationship when, during the course of marital therapy, a couple comes to the
      decision to divorce. These changes fall into four general themes. The first three
      themes: long-held resentments, divergence from the ideal, and positives into
      negatives, emerge early in the therapy and form the basis of the fourth theme,
      disillusionment, which signals the end of the relationship. As disillusionment
      emerges in the narrative, the partners’ abilities to acknowledge positive aspects
      of each other, and of the relationship as a whole, diminishes. Positive
      memories cannot be recalled, and the entire existence of the relationship is
      questioned. This narrative shift appears to signal the beginning of the
      emotional withdrawal necessary for physical separation to take place.

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      Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
      H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
      B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
      Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences > Narrative and Memory Research Group > Narrative and Memory Research Group Annual Conference
      School of Human and Health Sciences
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      Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
      Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2009 10:00
      Last Modified: 30 Jul 2010 14:19


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