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ERIC Number: EJ927688
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-0197-6664
Demonization of Divorce: Prevalence Rates and Links to Postdivorce Adjustment
Krumrei, Elizabeth J.; Mahoney, Annette; Pargament, Kenneth I.
Family Relations, v60 n1 p90-103 Feb 2011
The meaning-making process can be crucial to individuals as they adjust to their divorce. Demonization is a negative coping response (also known as spiritual struggle) that involves appraising someone or something as related to demonic forces. Individuals may cognitively frame a divorce as the work of Satan in order to understand suffering while maintaining beliefs in a just world or benevolent God. In this study, nearly half (48%) of the community sample (N = 100) endorsed some form of demonization related to their recent divorce. Differences were observed in psychological postdivorce adjustment (post-traumatic stress, depression, anger, and positive/negative spiritual emotions) among groups with differing levels of demonization of divorce, demonization of ex-spouse, and demonization of self (none, low, and high). Implications for practitioners and researchers are discussed. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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