4036-17: Is Divorce Making You Sick? Hidden Cost of Conflict: An Interdisciplinary Examination Between Family Law, Therapeutic Jurisprudence, Justice, and Work Productivity and Illness For Employed Adults

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4036-17: Is Divorce Making You Sick?  Hidden Cost of Conflict:  An Interdisciplinary Examination Between Family Law, Therapeutic Jurisprudence, Justice, and Work Productivity and Illness For Employed Adults

Mental illness and physical illness are comorbid bi-directionally. Approximately 70 percent of employees are reporting difficulty with competing interests from work and non-work demands. The employers that are involved in influencing a good “work–family fit” need to change the focus to be inclusive of all family types, including dissolving families.


Presenter: Lisa M. Burton, PhD, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC

Disclosures:  The presenters and planners have no conflict of interest or commercial support to disclose.  Off-label uses will not be discussed during this presentation.


Session Length:
  49 minutes

Target Audience:  APRN


Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  1. Define how the legal process can be therapeutic and non-therapeutic.
  2. Identify research regarding the variables affecting the physical and emotional impact of the legal process of getting divorced to include  how dissolving a marriage yields organizational costs due to changes to employee health and productivity.
  3. Identify the signs of symptoms of emotional response and physical decompensation during the divorce process.

Keywords: Employee Productivity, Relationship to Stress and Illness, Divorce and Wellness, Legal System


Continuing Nursing Education:
1.0 contact hours.  * In order to receive contact hours, you must: Listen to presentation, complete an evaluation, and earn a passing score on the post-test before the expiration date. You will have 5 tries to correctly answer the questions on the post-test and a score of 80% is required to pass. Once you have passed and completed an evaluation, the certificate will be generated online, available for you to print immediately. You cannot earn credit unless all steps are completed.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


Originally Presented
APNA 31st Annual Conference
Phoenix, Arizona
Saturday, October 21, 2017
12:15pm - 1:00pm

The contact hours for this session expire:  December 31, 2019

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