Although the book is written from a sociological perspective, the combination of theory and practical insights make it accessible to a wide variety of readers. It aims to generate discussion and deepen understanding of an area into which there has been minimal research in Ireland and which poses a range of important questions for future researchers, practitioners and policy-makers.
Chapter 5: Experiences during Marriage: Relational and Emotional Aspects
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Experiences during Marriage: Relational and Emotional Aspects
There are numerous areas of overlap between the two chapters on the women’s experiences during marriage. The practical aspects of marriage already discussed have clearly got emotional and relational consequences. This chapter includes some socio-psychological literature (Duck, 1998: Aronson et al., 2003) on the phases and typical behaviours that occur in the breakdown of relationships. Data are presented on the overall quality of the women’s relationships with their spouses, the nature of sexual relations, methods of resolving conflict, significant turning points in marriages, awareness of the gradual deterioration of relationships and attendance at marriage counselling.
Phases of Dissolving Personal Relationships
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