This project sought to develop an intervention to help newly divorced Danes tackle the challenges that comes with a divorce. Denmark has a divorce rate of approximately 45%, and many families are affected by divorce and its challenges. For this reason, there was a call for an evidence-based and cost-effective initiative to counteract many of the well-known negative consequences for both adults and children. The intervention program (and online platform) is called Cooperation after Divorce, as is the research project that sought to examine the effect of the intervention using a randomized controlled trial design.
The research project recruited 1,865 Danes, some of whom received access to the intervention program (intervention group) while others received ‘treatment as usual’ (that is, no access to the intervention program; control group). The study revealed that Danes who were assigned to the intervention group reported reduced stress, depression, anxiety, somatization, and hostility, and improved physical and mental well-being 12-months post divorce.