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Post-divorce adaptation and the attribution of responsibility

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A study was conducted to explore the possible relationship between post-divorce adjustment and the attributions divorced women give for the failure of their marriages. The study revealed that significantly more subjects who attributed their divorces to interactive rather than personal factors were more active, more socially skilled, happier, more optimistic, and less likely to blame themselves rather than outside forces for failures. The findings were also analyzed in light of whether or not subjects had initiated their divorce proceedings. The importance of making interactive attributions was discussed.

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Correspondence to Helen M. Newman.

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We would like to thank Cynthia Weinman for her help in conducting the study. We are also grateful to the City University of New York for providing the funds for this research.

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Newman, H.M., Langer, E.J. Post-divorce adaptation and the attribution of responsibility. Sex Roles 7, 223–232 (1981). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00287537

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Keywords

  • Social Psychology
  • Personal Factor
  • Divorce Proceeding