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What is the effect of a spinal cord injury on the likelihood of divorce?

What is the effect of a spinal cord injury on the likelihood of divorce?

Nancy Rosenberg, PsyD

Psychology Clinical Specialist and Director, Peer Mentor Programs, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, Philadelphia

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In terms of divorce and relationships ending after spinal cord injuries, I think that the likelihood is greater.  Number one, when the relationship was relatively new at the time of the injury, and when the partners are quite young, I think ofte... Show More

In terms of divorce and relationships ending after spinal cord injuries, I think that the likelihood is greater.  Number one, when the relationship was relatively new at the time of the injury, and when the partners are quite young, I think often those relationships tend to diminish, evaporate.  And I think also in my experience, when men get injured, the wives have more of a tendency to stick with it then when women get injured.  When women get injured, men often have difficulty coping with it.  And their reaction, and their solution sometimes, is just to leave the marriage, because in most cases, they just can’t handle it.  I also think that when couples don’t communicate well, it makes things so much more difficult.  So, if you can communicate with your partner, and be honest with them, and tell them what’s worrying you, what’s concerning you, how are things are okay, how are things aren’t okay, and what we can do to make things better—that will increase the likelihood, I think, of the relationship succeeding.  

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What is the effect of a spinal cord injury on the likelihood of divorce?

Nancy Rosenberg, PsyD

Psychology Clinical Specialist and Director, Peer Mentor Programs, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, Philadelphia

More Videos by Nancy Rosenberg
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In terms of divorce and relationships ending after spinal cord injuries, I think that the likelihood is greater.  Number one, when the relationship was relatively new at the time of the injury, and when the partners are quite young, I think often those relationships tend to diminish, evaporate.  And I think also in my experience, when men get injured, the wives have more of a tendency to stick with it then when women get injured.  When women get injured, men often have difficulty coping with it.  And their reaction, and their solution sometimes, is just to leave the marriage, because in most cases, they just can’t handle it.  I also think that when couples don’t communicate well, it makes things so much more difficult.  So, if you can communicate with your partner, and be honest with them, and tell them what’s worrying you, what’s concerning you, how are things are okay, how are things aren’t okay, and what we can do to make things better—that will increase the likelihood, I think, of the relationship succeeding.  

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