A Social Psychological Perspective on Marital Dissolution


Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass. 01002.


The marriage relationship is considered as a special case of pair relationships in general, and its cohesiveness is interpreted according to concepts drawn from Lewinian field theory. The hypothetical constructs of “attraction” and “barrier” forces, as well as contrasting “alternative attractions,” are used to organize the research literature on the determinants of marital stability and dissolution.