ABSTRACT

Like marriage, divorce is as much a complex personal event as it is a multidimensional social phenomenon. Divorce is a drawn-out psychological and social process; although each particular divorce follows a unique course, certain common denominators justify the adoption of a generalized approach that would subsume individual situations. These common denominators have been used by researchers to set out various models of the divorce process (Ahrons & Rodgers, 1987; Bohannan, 1968; Federico, 1979; Kessler, 1975; Krantzler, 1975; Rice & Rice, 1986; Smart, 1977; Weiss, 1976; Wiseman, 1975). Some models were originally designed to deal expressly with the problem of divorce (Bohannan, 1968; Federico, 1979). In other cases, existing psychological models were adopted for the purpose (Rice & Rice, 1986; Smart, 1917; Wiseman, 1975).