Effects of the relationship with the ex-partner on psychological adaptation after grey divorce

Brodbeck, Jeannette; Knöpfli, Bina; Perrig-Chiello, Pasqualina (4 September 2017). Effects of the relationship with the ex-partner on psychological adaptation after grey divorce (Unpublished). In: 15th Swiss Psychological Society (SPS SGP SSP) conference - "Treasuring the diversity of psychology". Lausanne, Switzerland. 04.09.-05.09.2017.

This study investigated whether the quality of the relationship with the ex-partner before and after grey divorce was linked to depressive symptoms and life satisfaction after divorce. Data stem from the NCCR LIVES, IP 212, a list-based six-year longitudinal study on relationships in later life. The analysis sample consisted of 411 older adults who split-up after a long-term relationship. Structural equation modelling showed that retrospective marital satisfaction and reason of separation were associated with the quality of the relationship with the ex-partner, but not directly with psychological adaptation after divorce. A good relationship with the ex-partner in turn was significantly related to lower depressive and higher life satisfaction across six years, even when accounting for new partnership status, personality traits and socio-demographic variables. Thus, the relationship with the ex-partner before and after a grey divorce can be a resource or a chronic stressor affecting long-term psychological adaptation after a divorce.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Developmental Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Brodbeck, Jeannette; Knöpfli, Bina and Perrig-Chiello, Pasqualina

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

Language:

English

Submitter:

Salome Irina Rahel Bötschi

Date Deposited:

23 Apr 2018 14:21

Last Modified:

23 Apr 2018 14:21

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/111568

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