The Effects Of Divorce On A Family

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Divorce is a significant stressor for an individual and the family. Divorce has immediate consequences on the family structure and affects the psychological and social construct of a family going through divorce (McManus & Nussbaum, 2011, p. 501). There is no doubt that families involved in divorce procedures have a challenging road ahead of them in terms of adapting to a new normal. Depending on the circumstances of the divorce, communication is a central component of minimizing the stress associated with a divorce taking place within a family. Divorce is often linked to negativity and downgraded relationships throughout the family unit- particularly with respect to children (Thomas, Booth‐Butterfield, M., & Booth‐Butterfield, S.,…show more content…
Theoretical Discussion Societal divorce rates remain at all-time high rates. There is research that indicates that the reason for such large numbers of divorce is multi-factorial and involves cultural, relational and interactional features (Graham, 1997, p 351). In addition to those factors, communicative abilities also influence the likelihood of a divorce (Graham, 1997, p 351). The theory of this paper is to review the communication abilities of not just the people going through the divorce, but its effect on the entire family. Multiple conceptualizations exist regarding the adjustment to divorce and the role that communication plays within this adjustment. It is important to remember that adjustment consists of multi-faceted emotional, psychological, and psychosocial processes that can influence the deterioration or strengthening of relationships during a divorce (Supratman, 2017, p. 2). These factors include ambiguity and relational closeness; physiological responses; and social support systems or apparatus. Ambiguity and Relational Closeness Divorces happen at high rates and, many times, divorces often affect marriages with children (McManus & Nussbaum, 2011, p. 501). During the divorce, it is common to find that parents are less committed to particular stances and may rely on ambiguity more often in their comments (McManus & Nussbaum, 2011, p. 501). This use of ambiguity has the ability to affect the overall relational
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