Relationship dissolution and psychopathology

Mark A. Whisman, Julia M. Salinger, David A. Sbarra

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Studies using probability samples have yielded cross-sectional and longitudinal associations between relationship dissolution and psychopathology, including depressive, anxiety, and substance use symptoms and disorders. The present review summarizes theory relevant to the association of relationship dissolution to psychopathology, discusses the time course over which postdissolution psychopathology may be most likely to manifest, and selectively reviews empirical findings regarding main and moderated associations between relationship dissolution and psychopathology. We conclude by acknowledging the need for continued study of the association between relationship dissolution and psychopathology, including research that rules out potential rival explanations (i.e., confounding variables) for this association and examines this association across cultures and types of intimate relationships (e.g., cohabiting relationships).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-204
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychology
StatePublished - Feb 2022


  • Dissolution
  • Divorce
  • Mental health
  • Psychiatric disorder
  • Psychopathology
  • Separation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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