To the top

Page Manager: Webmaster
Last update: 9/11/2012 3:13 PM

Tell a friend about this page
Print version

Factors contributing to s… - University of Gothenburg, Sweden Till startsida
To content Read more about how we use cookies on

Factors contributing to separation/divorce in parents of small children in Sweden

Journal article
Authors Malin Hansson
Tone Ahlborg
Published in Nordic Psychology
Volume 68
Issue 1
Pages 40-57
ISSN 1901-2276
Publication year 2016
Published at Institute of Health and Care Sciences
Pages 40-57
Language en
Keywords parents, separation, divorce, QDR, contributing factors
Subject categories Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology, Prenatal and perinatal research


Objectives: To investigate factors contributing to separation and divorce in first-time parents. Methods: Quantitatively analyzing data using Mann–Whitney-U-test, Chi-square and logistic regression analysis test from separated and non-separated mothers and fathers, when first child was sixmonths and four years of age. Outcome measures were quality of dyadic relationship,QDRindex and its dimensions and variables. Also, a qualitative content analysis of comments to one open question about contributing factors to the experienced situation fromthe separated parents (n ¼ 39) was conducted. Results: The experienced quality of the relationship measured with QDRindex and especially Dyadic Satisfaction, Dyadic Consensus and also Dyadic Cohesion showed a statistically secured difference between the groups of separated and non-separated parents. The qualitative description showed seven categories of factors contributing to separation: Strains from parenthood, Stressful conditions, Lack of intimacy, Insufficient communication, Differing personalities & interests, No commitment, and Negative effects of addiction. The described factors were in accordance with the factors described in earlier non-Swedish research. Some of the factors may be possibly prevented from leading to separation, such as lack of equality, insufficient communication and lack of intimacy. Conclusion: Primary health professionals meet the majority of parents-to-be and new parents and should therefore take on the task of supporting them in their relationships, thereby helping to prevent unnecessary separations.

Page Manager: Webmaster|Last update: 9/11/2012

The University of Gothenburg uses cookies to provide you with the best possible user experience. By continuing on this website, you approve of our use of cookies.  What are cookies?