The Striving of Divorce: A Review of Literature and an Evaluation of Available Interventions

Families demonstrate striving for superiority throughout divorce, especially with regard to the co-parental relationship. It is striving that drives conflict. The level of conflict in the co-parental relationship directly relates to the adjustment of both the parents and the children. We encourage unhealthy manifestations of striving for superiority in the way that we view, process and support families through divorce. With societal ambiguity toward divorce and adversarial legal dissolution, parents are less likely to work toward cohesion. Furthermore, the supports intended to promote healthy adjustment tend to discourage.

Leah D. Corder
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