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Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Impacts of Going Through Divorce on People

From University of Minnesota News:

New University of Minnesota research suggests that while many in the midst of divorce struggle at work, others find renewed career motivation.

Until now, little research had examined how the effects of divorce may spill over at work. Carlson School of Management Professors Connie Wanberg and Michelle Duffy, along with alum Borbala Csillag, ‘21 Ph.D., recently published their findings from two studies in Personnel Psychology. The first study surveyed more than 500 people who were married or cohabiting, going through a divorce, or had divorced within five years. The researchers found:

  • On average, divorcing individuals reported lower health, poorer job performance and a more negative mood at work.
  • Nearly 44% of those going through a divorce agreed or strongly agreed that being in the process of a divorce had a negative impact on their work.
  • Nearly 39% of those going through a divorce agreed or strongly agreed that divorcing had a positive impact on their work. 

“We found people can have vastly different experiences with divorce and it’s not all negative,” said Wanberg. “Some shared how they felt more distracted at work or even needed to take a break to cry. Others shared that their divorce removed a large stress burden from their lives and they had more energy to tackle career goals.”

In the second study, researchers examined how the extent of divorce-related grief impacted outcomes at work. After a yearlong survey of more than 200 participants who were divorcing and working full-time, the researchers found: 

  • The end of a higher-quality marriage and the expectation of less financial stability post-divorce were both tied to negative impacts at work.
  • Parents going through divorce experienced less grief and reported fewer negative impacts at work than those divorcing without children.
  • Engagement at work, job performance and health improved from when they were in the divorce process to a year later.

Read more here.

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