COUPLES WHO FILE FOR DIVORCE BUT CHANGE THEIR MINDS

Authors

  • Gay C. Kitson Ph.D.,

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      Department of Anthropology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland (Kitson); and Department of Internal Medicine, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Cleveland (Langlie).

  • Jean K. Langlie M.D., Ph.D.

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      Department of Anthropology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland (Kitson); and Department of Internal Medicine, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Cleveland (Langlie).


Dept. of Anthropology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Abstract

Those who file for divorce but whose petitions are withdrawn or dismissed report higher rates of psychological distress than control group samples of divorced and married people. Reconciled couples experience high levels of domestic violence and have more serious marital complaints than those who divorce, but are not especially likely to seek professional help. Risk factors for reconciled families—and characteristics of those who reseparate or later divorce—are examined.

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