Divorce-Related Stressors: Occurrences, Disruptiveness, and Area of Life Change

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The purpose of this study was to comprehensively assess potential stressors during the divorce transition. Three dimensions of divorce-related stressors were examined: occurence, perceived disruptiveness, and area of life change. Survey data from a representative sample of 80 divorced parents were collected 6 to 12 months post decree. The divorce transition was characterized by both positive and negative experiences in which men and women generally reported similiar levels of stress associated with their divorce-related experiences. The findings also supported the importance of classifying experiences by the area of life change, and of examining the disruptiveness associated with the experiences in addition to the simple occurences of various life changes.