ERIC Number: EJ723564
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 33
Friendly and Antagonistic Contact between Former Spouses after Divorce: Patterns and Determinants
Fischer, Tamar F. C.; de Graaf, Paul M.; Kalmijn, Matthijs
Journal of Family Issues, v26 n8 p1131-1163 2005
This study presents descriptive and explanatory analyses of contact between former spouses, using data on 1,791 previously married men and women in the Netherlands. The authors employ a typology of relationships between former spouses, differentiating between friendly contact, antagonistic contact, and no contact. Ten years after divorce, still almost half of the respondents report contact with their former spouse. Especially the number of former couples with antagonistic contact decreases strongly over time. In multivariate models, we examine six hypotheses concerning (a) duration, (b) prior attachments, (c) prior conflicts, (d) life-course events after divorce, (e) liberal family values, and (f) personality. Important predictors of post divorce contact are duration since divorce, prior economic ties, the presence of joint children, marital duration, marital conflicts, a new relationship, and liberal values. Couples with joint children have both more friendly contact and more antagonistic contact than other couples. This difference is largest for antagonistic contact.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Spouses, Divorce, Interaction, Interpersonal Relationship, Predictor Variables, Conflict, Antisocial Behavior, Personality Traits
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands