Divorce, health, and socioeconomic status: An agenda for psychological science

David A. Sbarra, Mark A. Whisman

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This brief review article discusses marital dissolution and health with a focus on two specific themes. First, we introduce and discuss the search for plausible causal pathways that link the end of marriage to distal health outcomes. Second, we suggest that the socioeconomic status disruptions that follow divorce represent a plausible causal pathway and emphasize the need for more psychological science in this area of study. Although there is substantial literature that demonstrates that divorced adults, especially divorced women, experience significant financial disruptions, the research in this area remains broad and largely the province of family sociology and demography. Research is needed to better understand adults' psychological and behavioral responses to changes in their financial situation after the end of marriage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-78
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychology
StatePublished - Feb 2022


  • Debt
  • Divorce
  • Financial stability
  • Health
  • Wealth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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