ERIC Number: ED196616
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
The Divorced Chicana of Northern New Mexico.
Fuller, Mary Lou; Casaus, Luis
County demographic records and the voluntary responses of 80 Chicanas to a questionnaire and a self-concept examination were analyzed to identify the patterns, problems, and dynamics in the lives of divorced Northern New Mexico Chicanas. The women, half of whom were divorced and most of whom were Roman Catholics, were from urban Bernalillo County and non-urban San Miguel County. Chicano divorce rates were lower than expected in both places. Eighty percent of the non-urban divorced women, 79% of the urban divorced women, and 60% of the married women received salaries. Among divorced women, 50% earned less than $5000/year and 52.2% received no child support. Most additional financial support came from the families of non-urban divorced women and from the friends of their urban counterparts. Emotional support from the Church was important to all divorced women. Non-urban non-custodial parents (fathers) visited their children more often than urban fathers, but visitation rates for both groups exceeded national averages. The self concepts of the four groups of women were remarkably similar. Chicano culture, the influence of the Church, and a non-urban setting may inhibit the divorce rate. (SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Chicanas; New Mexico (Bernalillo County); New Mexico (San Miguel County); Roman Catholic Church
Note: Presented to the Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association (Las Cruces, NM, October, 1980).