Does Everything Fall Apart? Life Assessments Following a Gray Divorce.

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  • Author(s): Crowley, Jocelyn Elise
  • Source:
    Journal of Family Issues. Aug2019, Vol. 40 Issue 11, p1438-1461. 24p.
  • Document Type:
    Article
  • Additional Information
    • Subject Terms:
    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      adjustment
      divorce consequences
      gray divorce
      interviews
    • Abstract:
      The divorce–stress–adjustment theoretical framework emphasizes not only the negative consequences associated with marital dissolution but also the positive outcomes that can eventually emerge after former spouses part ways. This study aims to examine the subjective life assessments of the heterosexual gray divorced population within the first 3 years of their marital splits with respect to this framework. Qualitative data based on 66 in-depth interviews of the gray divorced population were collected and analyzed using grounded theory methods. Negative consequences of gray divorce included financial worries and loneliness. However, participants also identified positive aspects of their new lives, including higher levels of overall happiness, liberation from their ex-spouses, and enhanced independence and freedom. These results show that immediately after their marriages dissolve, members of the gray divorced population experience complex reactions in accordance with the divorce-stress-adjustment framework. More specifically, these men and women see both challenges and opportunities after their gray divorces. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • ISSN:
      0192-513X
    • Accession Number:
      10.1177/0192513X19839735
    • Accession Number:
      137235174
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      CROWLEY, J. E. Does Everything Fall Apart? Life Assessments Following a Gray Divorce. Journal of Family Issues, [s. l.], v. 40, n. 11, p. 1438–1461, 2019. DOI 10.1177/0192513X19839735. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hch&AN=137235174. Acesso em: 25 nov. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Crowley JE. Does Everything Fall Apart? Life Assessments Following a Gray Divorce. Journal of Family Issues. 2019;40(11):1438-1461. doi:10.1177/0192513X19839735
    • APA:
      Crowley, J. E. (2019). Does Everything Fall Apart? Life Assessments Following a Gray Divorce. Journal of Family Issues, 40(11), 1438–1461. https://doi.org/10.1177/0192513X19839735
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Crowley, Jocelyn Elise. 2019. “Does Everything Fall Apart? Life Assessments Following a Gray Divorce.” Journal of Family Issues 40 (11): 1438–61. doi:10.1177/0192513X19839735.
    • Harvard:
      Crowley, J. E. (2019) ‘Does Everything Fall Apart? Life Assessments Following a Gray Divorce’, Journal of Family Issues, 40(11), pp. 1438–1461. doi: 10.1177/0192513X19839735.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Crowley, JE 2019, ‘Does Everything Fall Apart? Life Assessments Following a Gray Divorce’, Journal of Family Issues, vol. 40, no. 11, pp. 1438–1461, viewed 25 November 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Crowley, Jocelyn Elise. “Does Everything Fall Apart? Life Assessments Following a Gray Divorce.” Journal of Family Issues, vol. 40, no. 11, Aug. 2019, pp. 1438–1461. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1177/0192513X19839735.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Crowley, Jocelyn Elise. “Does Everything Fall Apart? Life Assessments Following a Gray Divorce.” Journal of Family Issues 40, no. 11 (August 2019): 1438–61. doi:10.1177/0192513X19839735.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Crowley JE. Does Everything Fall Apart? Life Assessments Following a Gray Divorce. Journal of Family Issues [Internet]. 2019 Aug [cited 2020 Nov 25];40(11):1438–61. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hch&AN=137235174