Seeking Clarity and Confidence in the Divorce Decision-Making Process
Harris, Steven M.
Crabtree, Sarah A.
Bell, Natasha K.
Allen, Sarah M.
Roberts, Kelly M.
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There is a well-established literature dedicated to why couples divorce, transitions associated with divorce, and the impact of divorce on families. However, little is known about the divorce decision-making process. We conducted in-depth interviews with individuals who have recently considered divorce (n = 30) and asked specifically about the roles of 2 concepts in their decision-making process: clarity and confidence. Three major themes emerged from the data: (a) Clarity about a decision to divorce or stay married is desired, it fluctuates, and takes time to find; (b) pivotal moments can bring clarity; and (c) confidence (in the final decision) is desired. Clinical implications and directions for future research are discussed.
Harris, Steven M. , Sarah A. Crabtree, Natasha K. Bell, Sarah M. Allen, and Kelly M. Roberts. "Seeking Clarity and Confidence in the Divorce Decision-Making Process." Journal of Divorce & Remarriage 58, no. 2 (March 2017): 83-95. DOI: 10.1080/10502556.2016.1268015.