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Couples Are Experiencing Unprecedented Strain In The Pandemic. Some Have Reached A Breaking Point.




A couple wearing protective masks hold hands during the coronavirus pandemic on May 20, 2020 in New York City.
A couple wearing protective masks hold hands during the coronavirus pandemic on May 20, 2020 in New York City.
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After months of pandemic-related restrictions and changes, many relationships are under pressure.

Couples are contending with economic challenges, intensified parenting duties and more time together than ever, while seeing less of their wider circles of family and friends. Almost one in ten married or partnered people say they are likely to separate when the pandemic ends, which is up from May. Some couples have found themselves facing issues that precede the pandemic, but which have been clarified and exacerbated by all the time spent in tight quarters with few outlets. Others are struggling with the virus itself, either because they disagree on how to navigate safety precautions or are grappling with how COVID-19 has been politicized. Women are also disproportionately shouldering the childcare burden in the pandemic, which can affect their career and lead to irreparable resentment for their relationship. How can couples that are struggling find ways to make their relationship a source of fulfillment? And when is it time to move on?

Today on AirTalk, we speak with a licensed marriage and family therapist to learn more and answer your questions. Are you experiencing pandemic-related relationship strain? How are you navigating it? Give us a call at 866-893-5722.

Guest:

Elisa Dombrowski, licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in couples and relationship therapy; she is the founder of the Corona Del Mar Counseling Center and an adjunct professor of psychology in the graduate program at Pepperdine University