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Divorce Support

This is an About.com resource guide moderated by Pat Gaudette that features help for ending relationships.

Children and Divorce: the Effects of Divorce on Children

This page from Divorce.com provides practical advice for dealing with divorce.

When An Intimate Relationship Ends

The Counseling Center from the Univeresity of Melbourne offers this page of observations about ending relationships. It is part of a larger series of articles about Relationships in general and sorting out a range of common issues pertaining to interpersonal communication that students typically experience.

Ending Relationships Gracefully

Dr. Margaret Paul is a marriage counselor who offers guidance about ending relationships in a healthy manner. She offers particular guidance about how to end relationships truthfully and without assuming burdens of blame and guilt or unermited responsibility for the failure of a relationship.

Communication Models for Describing Relational Endings

The Allyn & Bacon Communication Studies Website provides a summary of communication models that describe how interpersonal relationshps develop and end. With special reference to this page, Mark Knapp's model refers to the stages of Coming Apart in a relationship. The page also summarizes Duck's Relationship Filtering Model, which describes the types of decisions individuals make about to proceed during relationships as well as Knapp's .

Terminating Relationships

Changing Minds.org summarizes perspectives by Cody on strategies used to terminate relationships as well as Duck's model of phases of dissolution.

A research note on post-dating relationships: the social embeddedness of redefining romantic couplings. Lara Foley and James Fraser. Sociological Perspectives, Spring 1998 v41 n1 p209(11).

An exploratory, descriptive study was conducted on post-dating relationships using interaction theory. InfoTrac.

Retrospective analysis of previous relationship disengagement and current and current attachment style. Julia R. Krahl and Lawrence R. Wheeless. Communication Quarterly, Summer 1997 v45 n3 p167(21).

This study examined attachment styles and disengagement strategies used to end romantic relationships. People more frequently attributed the cause of breakups to situational factors than to the other person; and least frequently, to self. Persons who perceived themselves as causing the breakup more frequently perceived that they had also initiated the breakup. InfoTrac.

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