Contact with an Ex-Partner and Post-Divorce Psychological Distress (1 CE)
Number of Credits: 1
This course is for: Clinical Psychologists, Counselors, and LMFTs
Course By: Michael Parent, PhD
Content By: O’Hara, K. L., Grinberg, A. M., Tackman, A. M., Mehl, M. R., & Sbarra, D. A. (2020). Contact with an ex-partner is associated with psychological distress after marital separation. Clinical Psychological Science, 8, 450-463. doi: 10.1177/2167702620916454
Course Description: Contact with a former relationship partner following a breakup is common and is often associated with poorer adjustment. The authors conducted a longitudinal quantitative study of 122 recently divorced or separated adults. Contact with an ex was measured using a wearable device that captured sounds near the participants, and the researchers also collected data on separation-related psychological distress, attachment orientation, attachment to the former partners, and demographic and relationship variables. More contact with an ex was associated with more psychological distress. Additional exploratory analyses were conducted. Future research may use experimental designs to investigate how different types of contact with an ex affect mood.
- Identify one main purpose of the study presented.
- Identify two key findings presented by the researchers.
- Identify two limitations of the presented study and consider these limitations in the context of future research in this area.
- Read and understand Contact with an ex-partner is associated with psychological distress after marital separation.
- Review the Course Description and Learning Objectives.
- Review the finding of the study with regard to contact with an ex following a breakup.
- Complete the post-test questions. Recall that answers should be based on the referenced article.
- Return to the referenced article for any missed questions and/or to how contact with an ex following a breakup is associated with psychological distress.
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