ERIC Number: ED140183
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Aug
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Sex Differences in Voluntary Post Marital Dissolution Adjustment.
Raschke, Helen J.
The purpose of this paper is to describe the differences found between males and females in factors alleviating (or not alleviating) the stresses and problems that many times accompany divorce. The data were collected by administering a questionnaire to Parents Without Partners chapters in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area and the Norfolk-Hampton, Virginia metropolitan area in the spring and summer of 1973. The completed sample of 277 contained middle class, female, and White biases. While not a prior hypothesis, it was found that females perceived themselves as experiencing greater stress than males. Other results from the hypotheses tested were: (1) Social participation - males participated socially more than females and experienced less stress, (2) Open or closed mindedness - females' stress but not males' was lessened by being more open minded, (3) Sexual permissiveness - males were more sexually permissive than females, but for both groups, the higher the sexual permissiveness, the lower the stress, (4) Occupational status - males perceived less stress with higher occupational statuses, (5) Orientation to Change - females more tolerant of change in the larger society perceived much less stress; for males there was no relationship. Possible reasons for these differences are discussed and implications for future research explored. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Society (New York, N.Y., August 30 through September 2, 1976); Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document.