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Event Details: Clinical Psychology Speaker Series: David Sbarra


Divorce and Health: Good Data Searching for Better Theory

David Sbarra, Department of Psychology, University of Arizona

Abstract: Marital separation and divorce increase risk for a variety of poor health outcomes, including all-cause mortality. These broad-based associations, however, mask considerable variability in how people respond to the end of marriage. Although most adults are resilient in the face of divorce, a subset of people become stuck on pathways toward poor outcomes, which can result in long-term stress and strain, psychopathology, and compromised physical health. In this talk, I will review research examining why and how individual differences in psychological responding to marital separation convey risk for poor physical health outcomes. I will also discuss new research on potentially iatrogenic interventions designed to promote adjustment to divorce. Finally, I will outline how these findings inform the pursuit of a more generative theory for understanding risk and resilience following the end of marriage.

Type: Lectures & Talks

Location: 305 Russell Hall

Date & Time: 1/30/2014, 11:00 PM - 12:40 PM


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