Accounting for Same-Sex Divorce: Relationship- vs. Self-Focused Divorce Accounts and the Meanings of Marriage Among Gays and Lesbians
To date, few empirical studies on same-sex divorce have been published. This paper presents a grounded theory analysis of in-depth interviews with a small convenience sample of six divorced gays and lesbians in order to address two related questions: how do gays and lesbians account for their divorce experiences? And what do these accounts suggest about the meanings they attach to marriage? Results suggest a distinction between what I term relationship-focused accounts, which explain the account-teller’s divorce by emphasizing that his or her marital bond had come undone, and self-focused accounts, which emphasize how the marriage created problems for the account-teller him- or herself. Furthermore, this paper shows how relationship-focused accounts draw upon the meanings embedded in the companionate model of marriage whereas self-focused accounts draw upon those embedded in the individualized model of marriage.
Sociology and Corrections
Journal of Divorce and Remarriage
Hoy, A. (2020). Accounting for same-sex divorce: Relationship- vs. self-focused divorce accounts and the meanings of marriage among gays and lesbians. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 61(5), 320-343. https://doi.org/10.1080/10502556.2019.1619384
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