By Joseph Guttmann
Many books take care of divorce and its aftermath -- a few take care of the effect of divorce on childrens and households, others with the felony or sociological points of divorce, and some specialize in divorced mother and father. each one of these books are characterised via their sensible orientation towards the problems and difficulties posed via divorce. None of those, although, have tried to supply an built-in view of the large volume of theoretical and study literature on divorced adults and their kids. furthermore, none current a accomplished view of divorce as a mental strategy inside of its better social context. Filling that void, this booklet: * deals a entire view of divorce as a social, interpersonal and mental phenomenon, * studies the speculation and examine on divorce targeting the key protagonists of the divorce drama: the mum, the daddy and the youngsters, and * introduces a social-psychological idea of divorce procedure.
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Glenn and Supancic (1984), however, revealed data suggesting that at least for high school dropouts the high divorce rate may be explained by their younger age at marriage and lower socioeconomic level. For women, divorce rates are lower among those with 8 or fewer years of schooling, and higher among those with postgraduate education (Carter & Glick, 1976; Houseeknecht & Spanier, 1980). Although the education-divorce relationship for women is not as clear as it is for men, the overall trend probably reflects the influence of women's economic independence on the divorce rate.
Although there is not necessarily a correspondence in the economics-divorce relationship on the micro- and the macrolevels, the contradiction is nevertheless noteworthy. (d) There is at least one study (Preston & McDonald, 1979) showing that the higher the unemployment level, the greater is the divorce rate. In a time-series regression analysis of data available in the United States after World War II, South (1985) found a different kind of economics-divorce relationship. His results show that although economic conditions have a small effect on divorce rate, "it tends to rise during economic contraction and fall (or at least rise more slowly) during periods of economic expansion" (p.
Others have already applied the social exchange theory to explain the process of marital breakdown; but its application was limited to the divorce crisis and was not applied to form a comprehensive model of the whole divorce process and a person's adjustment to it. The main purpose of the psychosocial theory is to show how, by adopting the principles of the social exchange theory together with some cognitive theories, one can achieve a more comprehensive understanding of divorce as a psychological process taking place within a social context.
Divorce in psychosocial perspective: theory and research by Joseph Guttmann