Why do we sabotage love? A thematic analysis of lived experiences of relationship breakdown and maintenance

Peel, Raquel, and Caltabiano, Nerina (2020) Why do we sabotage love? A thematic analysis of lived experiences of relationship breakdown and maintenance. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy. (In Press)

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Abstract

Although many individuals are searching for love, failure can often be the expected outcome. A previous study investigated self-sabotage in romantic relationships and explored how psychologists in practice understand this phenomenon. A repertoire of self-sabotaging behaviors was identified by practitioners, with possible reasons as to why this occurs. The present study was the first to empirically explore self-sabotage in romantic relationships by gathering qualitative evidence from a diverse sample of 696 individuals. Participants' lived experiences detailed motivations and strategies to self-sabotage romantic engagements. However, participants' experiences have also helped inform essential steps toward breaking the cycle of self-sabotage.

Item ID: 64126
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1533-2683
Keywords: Relationship self-sabotage, relationship breakdown, relationship maintenance, thematic analysis, lived experiences
Copyright Information: © 2020 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2020 07:34
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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