Benefit finding and psychological adjustment following a non-marital relationship break-up

Christina Samios, Donna F. Henson, Hannah Simpson

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Many people experience a non-marital relationship breakup, which can lead to poor adjustment outcomes;
however, relative to divorce, non-marital breakups have received less research attention, particularly on
factors that may predict positive adjustment outcomes. We examined the adaptive role of finding benefits
in a non-marital breakup in 140 participants who completed measures of benefit finding, the impact of the
event, and adjustment. Regression analyses found that benefit finding related to positive adjustment outcomes
and that the benefit finding-depression relationship was moderated by the impact of the event. This study
provides empirical support for benefit finding in a non-marital relationship breakup.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Relationships Research
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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