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Adjustment to divorce and co-parental relations: contributions from the theory of attachment / Adaptação ao divórcio e relações coparentais: contributos da teoria da vinculação

Author(s): Diogo Lamela | Bárbara Figueiredo | Alice Bastos

Journal: Psicologia : Reflexão e Crítica
ISSN 0102-7972

Volume: 23;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 562;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Divorce | Attachment | Psychopathology | Adjustment | Co-parenting

In this article, it is proposed the contribution of the attachment theory for understanding adults' adjustment processes to their divorce and how detachment to ex-spouse can infer in co-parenting relationships after marital dissolution. This article makes two theoretical assumptions that focus on two dimensions. The first hypothesis states that the divorce, while a relational process, should be read as a moment of loss that germinates similar psychological reactions to those experienced by widows. Bowlby describes it in his model of loss of the attachment figure as dependent on attachment styles of divorced adults. The second hypothesis argues that the post-divorce co-parenting relationships are predicted by the attachment styles and by the quality of parents' attachment reorganization. At the end, a theoretical integration is built, based on a proposal for future research in this area.
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