Divorce has become epidemic in North America. Divorce rates have increased fivefold in the past twenty-five years and only now are beginning to level off, and in some years drop slightly. Divorce begins as a psychological process (and I emphasize process—it is not an event) that affects two individuals, that is, the couple who is separating. When there are children, and there are in 50% of divorces, they also become involved in this process. But the impact does not stop here. Parents and grandparents, friends and acquaintances, classmates and workmates, and even neighbors feel its effects. On the Life Stress Events Scale developed by Holmes and Rahe1 marital separation earns 65 points and divorce 73, surpassed only by the death of a spouse at 100 points.
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