HDFS 2300 - Divorce and Remarriage - Ch. #3

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HDFS 2300 - Divorce and Remarriage - Ch. #3

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Understanding Divorce and Relationship DissolutionDivorce and Separation as a ProcessDivorce as a process, not an eventCyclical patterns transfer into new relationships; 2nd and 3rd divorces are more common.Factors surrounding process are often key to outcomesTransitions and AdjustmentsKEY TERMS:1. Parental Child - role assumed by a child - responsibility for parenting other children.2. Co-Parenting - end spousal role - maintain parental role - sharing parental responsibilities.3. Boundary Ambiguity - confusion about family membership.Stages of Divorce1. Individual CognitionMental separation, first realize something is wrong, no partner confrontation, some couples stay together rather than risk separation, weigh the pros and cons.2. FamilyMetacognitionAnnounce to family, greatest distress and disruption, family system changes.3. SeparationOne partner moves out, boundary tensions, economic and legal divorces occur.4. Family ReorganizationCo-parenting, renegotiate new boundaries, custody.Bohannon's Six Stations1. Emotional DivorceWithhold bonding and communicationSelf-esteem reduction; misunderstandingDivorce counseling2. Legal DivorceDissolution by sta

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