Learning from the past, altering the future: A tentative theory of the effect of past relationships on couples who remarry

Andrew Brimhall, Karen Wampler, Thomas Kimball

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Abstract

Using grounded theory methodology 16 participants, each in a second marriage as a result of divorce, were interviewed individually and with their partner. Participants were asked to describe how their first marriages were currently affecting their second. Trust was the central category that emerged. From this central category 3 additional categories surfaced: lack of trust in the previous relationship, attempts to increase trust while dating, and presence of trust in the current relationship. Participant feedback, internal and external auditors, and the existing literature were all used to validate the results. A tentative theory, complete with provisional hypotheses, was developed that could help clinicians address some of the challenges described by couples who remarry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-387
Number of pages15
JournalFamily Process
Volume47
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2008

Keywords

  • Couple relationship
  • Divorce
  • Grounded theory
  • Remarriage
  • Trust

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