Family Medicine pp 1726-1738 | Cite as

Separation, Divorce, and Family Dissolution

  • Archie W. Bedell
  • Linda S. Bedell

Abstract

Family counseling in the area of separation and divorce is a necessary skill for the family physician of our time. Methods for dealing with family dynamics frequently are not attained through training and/or prior experience. The success of one’s intervention may consequently be unpredictable and depend on multiple factors. This chapter addresses this deficiency and aims to improve the reader’s understanding of and sensitivity to essential aspects of family dissolution. Some of the counseling skills necessary to improve the outcome of family adjustments are presented. It is hoped that the family physician will attain a greater degree of comfort and confidence in counseling through a better understanding of these techniques.

Keywords

Visitation Time Divorce Rate Marital Discord Custodial Parent Psychosomatic Complaint 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. 1.
    Freedman AM, Kaplan HI, Sadock BJ: Modern Synopsis of Comprehensive Text Book of Psychiatry/II. Baltimore, Williams & Wilkins, 1976.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Births, Marriages, Divorces and Deaths for 1980. Monthly Vital Statistics Report. Washington, DC, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Office of Health Research, Statistics and Technology, 1981, Vol. 29, No. 12, p. 3.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Hetherington EM: Divorce: a child’s perspective. Am Psychol 34 (10): 851–858, 1979.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    McNeil EB, Rubin Z: The Psychology of Being Human. San Francisco, Canfield Press, 1977.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Dominion J: Social factors and marital pathology. Br Med J 2 (6189): 531–532, 1979.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. 6.
    Rakel RE: Principles of Family Medicine. Philadelphia, Saunders, 1977.Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Dominion J: Definition and extent of marital pathology. Br Med J 2 (6188): 478–479, 1979.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. 8.
    Lurie HJ: Clinical Psychiatry for the Primary Physician. Nutley, NJ, Hoffmann-LaRoche, 1976.Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Gibson C: Childlessness and marital instability: a reexamination of the evidence. J Biosoc Sci 12 (2): 121–132, 1980.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. 10.
    Hancock E: The dimensions of meaning and belonging in the process of divorce. Am J Orthopsychiatry 50 (1): 18–27, 1980.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. 11.
    Hackney GR, Ribordy SC: An empirical investigation of emotional reactions to divorce. J Clin Psychol 36 (1): 105–110, 1980.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. 12.
    Dominion J: Health and marital breakdown. Br Med J 2: 424–425, 1979.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. 13.
    Forrest DA: Marital adjustment and psychosomatic complaints. Issues Mental Health Nurs 2 (2): 21–37, 1979.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. 14.
    Rubin LD, Price JH: Divorce and its effects on children. J School Health 49: 552–556, 1979.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. 15.
    Eisen P: Children under stress. Aust NZ J Psychiatry 13: 193–207, 1979.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. 16.
    Fine S: Children in divorce, custody and access situations: the contribution of the mental health professional. J Child Psychiatry Allied Health 21 (4): 353–361, 1980.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. 17.
    Mace DR, Esman AH, Watson AS, Suarez JM: How can divorce be accomplished with the least psychologic damage to all concerned? Med Aspects Hum Sex 15 (3): 40–48, 1981.Google Scholar
  18. 18.
    Greif JB: Fathers, children and joint custody. Am J Orthopsychiatry 49 (2): 225, 1979.Google Scholar
  19. 19.
    Wallerstein JS, Kelly JB: Effects of divorce on the visiting father-child relationship. Am J Psychiatry 137 (12): 1534–1539, 1980.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  20. 20.
    Benedek EP, Benedek RS: Joint custody: solution or illusion? Am J Psychiatry 136: 12, 1979.Google Scholar
  21. 21.
    Abarbanel A: Shared parenting after separation and divorce: a study of joint custody. Am J Orthopsychiatry 49 (2): 320–329, 1979.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  22. 22.
    Nehls N, Morgenbesser M: Joint custody: an exploration of the issues. Fam Process 19 (2): 117–125, 1980.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  23. 23.
    Moulton R: Divorce in the middle years: the lonely woman and the reluctant man. J Am Acad Psychoanal 8 (2): 235–250 1980.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  24. 24.
    Messinger L, Walker K. Freeman SJJ: Preparation for remarriage following divorce: the use of group techniques. Am J Orthopsychiatry 48(2)263–272, 1978.Google Scholar
  25. 25.
    Walker KM, Messinger L: Remarriage after divorce: dissolution and reconstruction of family boundaries. Fam Process 18 (2): 185–192, 1979.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  26. 26.
    Snyder BM: Marital difficulties. Primary Care 6 (2): 365–390, 1979.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  27. 27.
    Wabrek AJ, Wabrek CJ, Burchell RC: Divorce counseling: helping the woman cope. Conn Med 44 (5): 295–298, 1980.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  28. 28.
    Granvold DK, Welch GJ: Structured, short-term group treatment of post-divorce adjustment. Int J Group Psychother 29 (3): 347–358, 1979.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  29. 29.
    Curran BE: Divorce in clinical practice. J Fam Pract 12 (3): 471–476, 1981.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  30. 30.
    Goldman J, Coane J: Family therapy after the divorce: developing a strategy. Fam Process 16 (3): 357–362, 1977.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  31. 31.
    Kelly JB, Wallerstein JS: Brief interventions with children in divorcing families. Am J Orthopsychiatry 47: 23–29, 1977.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  32. 32.
    Ransom JW, Schlesinger S, Derheyn AP: A stepfamily in formation. Am J Orthopsychiatry 49 (1): 36–43, 1979.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Archie W. Bedell
  • Linda S. Bedell

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations