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Mothers post-divorce: The challenges of adjustment

Abstract

This article discusses the adjustment process of mothers following divorce. The process is viewed as one in which the individual meets a number of interrelated challenges, involving the resolution of practical and emotional problems. These challenges include: dealing with intense negative emotions; resolving practical problems of daily living; assuming the responsibilities of parenting; achieving self-acceptance; giving up the demand for fairness; establishing an effective ex-spousal relationship; and developing new interests and relationships. This article uses an RET framework to explore dysfunctional patterns which have a negative impact on the adjustment process and the implications for therapeutic intervention with this client population.

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Correspondence to Barbara Mandell.

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Barbara Mandell R.N., M.A. is a Clinical specialist in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing. She is in private practice in Ellicott City, Maryland and is co-founder and Clinical Coordinator of the Children of Separation and Divorce Project, the Family Life Center, Columbia Md.

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Mandell, B. Mothers post-divorce: The challenges of adjustment. J Rational-Emot Cognitive-Behav Ther 6, 81–101 (1988). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01061067

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Keywords

  • Public Health
  • Negative Impact
  • Therapeutic Intervention
  • Daily Living
  • Negative Emotion