Dating Relationship Dissolution

In cultures where dating is a societal norm, dating relationship dissolution is a commonplace human experience that entails the ending of a couple’s relationship. Other terms used for dating relationship dissolution include breakup, nonmarital relationship dissolution, relational disengagement, or relational dissolution. Dating relationship dissolution is not only an event; it is a process, and the experience has been described as multilayered. This entry discusses the process and its dynamics, its connection to adult attachment style, and the cognitive and behavioral approaches to dating relationship dissolution.

Process for Dating Relationship Dissolution

The process of ending or dissolving a relationship can involve complex, even contradictory states of mind. The partners may feel disbelief that the relationship has ended and pain at the loss of a significant other. Some ...

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