Divorce and Remarriage

  • Michael F. Myers


Divorce has become epidemic in North America. Divorce rates have increased five-fold in the past twenty years and only now are beginning to level off, and in some years drop slightly. Divorce begins as a psychological process (and I emphasize process, it is not an event) which affects two individuals, that is the couple who is separating. When there are children, and there are in 50% of divorces, they also become involved in this process. But the impact does not stop here. Parents and grandparents, friends and acquaintances, classmates and workmates, even neighbors feel its effects. On the Life Stress Events Scale developed by Holmes and Rahe1 marital separation earns 65 points and divorce 73, surpassed only by the death of a spouse at 100 points.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael F. Myers
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  1. 1.Shaughnessy Hospital and University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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