Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
The topics of marriage and divorce have been studied extensively, especially in recent decades; however, the topic of marital reconciliation has been scarcely researched. Seven couples (N = 14) participated in a qualitative investigation of marital reconciliation. Each couple had filed a petition for divorce in the state of Louisiana between the years 2000-2010. Before the required 12 month period of living apart were complete, each couple decided to discontinue the divorce proceedings and reconcile their marriages, and have lived together continuously for a period of more than three years. A purposive, convenience sample was solicited due to the specific participation criteria of the study. Each husband and wife individually completed a semi-structured, open-ended interview, then an additional interview was conducted with the couple together. Interviews were digitally recorded, transcribed, and analyzed using grounded theory techniques. Three primary themes emerged from the analysis as factors in the decision making process to reconcile: (a) Support systems, (b) Outlook and attitude regarding marriage and divorce, and (c) The importance of hard work in marriage. Both scholarly and clinical implications are discussed, as well as suggestions for future research.
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Plauche, Hannah Pearce, "The Hard Decisions: A Qualitative Study of Marital Reconciliation" (2014). LSU Doctoral Dissertations. 2638.