ERIC Number: ED198440
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Life Satisfaction and Perceived Role Competence in Single Parent Divorced Women.
Kazak, Anne E.
The single-parent, woman-headed, post-divorce family has become an increasingly prevalent family form and one which merits further research attention in order to identify competencies and stresses characteristic of this lifestyle. The life situations of a sample of women (N=47) were investigated in terms of their perceived levels of competence in three life roles (parent, social participant, self-supporter). Their role-specific perceived competencies were related to evaluations of life satisfaction. Subjects were interviewed in their homes and administered a battery of self-report instruments. Results suggest that the parenting role is clearly an area of high perceived competence. Most women felt least competent in the self-support role, while the social participant role was also an area of diminished perceived competence. Greater specificity of the roles examined would yield more detailed data for understanding the stresses and strengths in the family of single parent divorced women, and is recommended. (Author/KMF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (26th, Washington, DC, March 26-29, 1980). Best copy available.