Divorce is similar to other life events that feel like a crisis as they’re developing and being experienced. One definition of a crisis is a major turning point. Another definition is a time of great trouble or difficulty. Separation and divorce definitely fit both these definitions. In fact, for most people who experience a divorce, the definitions would seem like understatement. Typically, crises are times of feeling overwhelmed, devastated, or immobilized. After all, a crisis is a stressful event or situation.
Crisis is usually not as quick as an automobile accident (although an accident could lead to a crisis); rather it’s often an ongoing series of stressful events. The way individuals respond to a crisis — such as divorce with all the issues that need to be handled — will be influenced by several personal aspects. McIntosh and Deacon-Wood (2003) enumerate these factors:
These factors are important in understanding why some individuals adjust to divorce relatively well while others go into an emotional tailspin from which they may never really recover.
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