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Disillusionment in Marriage

  • By: Sylvia Niehuis & Kyung-Hee Lee
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

Disillusionment is the decline in positive affect about and perceptions of the spouse and the marriage and a corresponding increase in negative affect about and perceptions of the partner and the marriage (e.g., feeling increasingly disappointed, bitter, and defeated; less close ...

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