The authors would like to express their gratitude to the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy for the Graduate Student Research Award that was given to help support this project.
Deciding Not to Un–Do the “I Do:” Therapy Experiences of Women Who Consider Divorce But Decide to Remain Married
Article first published online: 17 JAN 2014
© 2014 American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
How to Cite
Erica J.W. Kanewischer, Steven M. Harris (2014). Deciding Not to Un–Do the “I Do:” Therapy Experiences of Women Who Consider Divorce But Decide to Remain Married. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, doi: 10.1111/jmft.12064
- Article first published online: 17 JAN 2014
This study explores women's experience of marital therapy while they navigated decision making around divorce. A qualitative method was used to gain a deeper understanding of the participants' therapy and relationship decision-making experiences. How are women's decisions whether or not to exit their marriage affected by therapy? The researchers interviewed 15 women who had considered initiating divorce before they turned 40 and had attended at least five marital therapy sessions but ultimately decided not to divorce. In general, participants reported that the therapy was helpful to them, their decision-making process and their marriages. Five main themes emerged from the interviews: Women Initiated Therapy, Therapist Was Experienced as Unbiased, Therapy was Helpful, Importance of Extra-therapeutic Factors, and Gradual Process.