TitleThe Effects of Lack of Joint Goal Planning on Divorce over 10 Years.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsGere, J, Almeida, DM, Martire, LM
JournalPLoS One
Date Published2016

<p>Given the negative consequences of divorce on health and well-being, it is important to try to identify its predictors. In the current study we used data from the National Survey of Midlife Development (N = 2801) to examine the longitudinal effects of lack of joint goal planning with a romantic relationship partner on divorce over a 10-year period. Multilevel regression analyses showed that lack of joint planning with the relationship partner was associated with a 19% increase in the odds of divorce, even when controlling for various demographic (i.e., age, gender, relationship length, number of children in the household), individual (i.e., neuroticism, positive affect, negative affect, physical symptoms, planning), and relationship (i.e., marital empathy, partner strain, partner disagreement, marital satisfaction, commitment). These results demonstrate the importance of considering one's partner when making decisions and plans for the future, given that it has clear implications for relationship dissolution.</p>

Alternate JournalPLoS One
PubMed ID27668863
PubMed Central IDPMC5036814
Grant ListK02 AG039412 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
P01 AG020166 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
U19 AG051426 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
UL1 TR001425 / TR / NCATS NIH HHS / United States