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

Peel, Raquel ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4909-9844 and Caltabiano, Nerina (2020) Why do we sabotage love? A thematic analysis of lived experiences of relationship breakdown and maintenance. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy. ISSN 1533-2691


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.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 -)
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2020 01:27
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2020 04:04
Uncontrolled Keywords: Relationship self-sabotage; relationship breakdown; relationship maintenance; thematic analysis; lived experiences
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/15332691.2020.1795039
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/39106

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