Rejection Sensitivity, Social Connectedness and Divorce Adjustment among Early Divorced Individuals

Author: Sehrish Farooq

Supervisor: Najma Najam, PhD

Degree: Mphil

Year: 2011-2013

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


A correlational study was conducted to explore the relationship among Rejection Sensitivity, Social Connectedness and Divorce Adjustment in Early Divorced Individuals. Rejection sensitivity scale for adults by Downey and Feldman (1996), Social Connectedness Scale by Draper and Lee (2001), and Fisher Divorce Adjustment Scale by Fisher and Bierhaus (2004) were used after translating them into Urdu. It was hypothesized that there is likely to be a relationship among rejection sensitivity, social connectedness and divorce adjustment. It was also hypothesized that rejection sensitivity and social connectedness will predict divorce adjustment. Results revealed positive relationship between social connectedness and all the dimensions of divorce adjustment whereas negative relationship was found of rejection sensitivity with the dimensions of divorce adjustment except the component of anger at former love spouse and negat ive relationship was found between rejection sensitivity and social connectedness. Social connectedness positively predicted overall divorce adjustment and only its two dimensions e.g. social self-worth and grief related adjustment. Rejection sensitivity negatively predicted overall divorce adjustment and two of its dimensions (re-building of social trust, disentanglement from love relationships). Males reported better divorce adjustment as compared to females. Findings of the research have important implications for the practitioners, researchers, social workers and the divorced families.

Keywords: : Divorce Adjustment, Early Divorce, Rejection Sensitivity, Social Connectedness.

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