Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences

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Personality and Divorce

  • Lara Keller
  • Mathias AllemandEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_710-1



Personality traits are typically defined as relatively enduring, automatic patterns of thought, feeling, and behavior that distinguish people from one another. Despite their relative stable character traits are malleable and can change as a result of life events such as divorce. Divorce is typically defined as a life event, but it rather reflects a gradual process from marriage to dissolution that includes affective, cognitive, behavioral, social, and socioeconomic changes.


To date, almost every second marriage is divorced (National Center for Health Statistics 2017). Divorce is typically associated with various adverse consequences, such as declines in physical health, psychological and social well-being, and economic status (Demo and Fine 2010). Several individual and social factors have been discussed as potential risk factors for divorce such as lack of social competence, lack of commitment, stress, as well as a risky...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology and University Research Priority Program “Dynamics of Healthy Aging”University of ZurichZurichSwitzerland

Section editors and affiliations

  • John F. Rauthmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Universität zu LübeckLübeckGermany