This paper was presented at the National Council for Family Relations Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota (November 2006). We wish to acknowledge Ramona F. Oswald’s helpful feedback on an earlier version of this manuscript and Grace H. Chung’s assistance with data preparation.
Theorizing the Process of Leaving: Turning Points and Trajectories in the Stages of Change*
Article first published online: 6 SEP 2007
Volume 56, Issue 4, pages 413–425, October 2007
How to Cite
Khaw, L. and Hardesty, J. L. (2007), Theorizing the Process of Leaving: Turning Points and Trajectories in the Stages of Change. Family Relations, 56: 413–425. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2007.00470.x
- Issue published online: 6 SEP 2007
- Article first published online: 6 SEP 2007
- abused mothers;
- intimate partner violence;
- process of leaving;
- Stages of Change Model;
- turning points
Abstract: The Stages of Change Model (J. O. Prochaska & C. C. DiClemente, 1984) has been used to explore women’s process of leaving relationships involving intimate partner violence. Using a strengths-based approach, this study aims to build upon the model to further theorize the process of leaving. We conducted secondary data analysis of interviews with 19 mothers who left their abusive husbands. Turning points marked mothers’ movements from one stage of change to another, resulting in linear and nonlinear trajectories of leaving. All turning points were similar across cases except for the turning point between the stages of action and preparation. Consequently, 3 variations in the trajectories of leaving were found. The theoretical and practical implications for future work with abused mothers are discussed.