ERIC Number: ED282124
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Midlife Divorce and Archetypes for Women.
Bobo, Terry Skinner
Midlife divorce for women can be a time for creative growth or divorce can lead to loneliness, bitterness, and depression. Middle-aged women appear to experience an inordinate amount of stress from divorce because of loss of roles and lack of new role models. Based upon role theory and divorce as a normal developmental process, a feminist archetypal theory was developed as a method for creating new role models or new archetypes for middle-aged women. Feminist archetypal theory is useful because contemporary society is built upon patriarchial archetypes which often define women only in their relation to men. Women ages 45 to 65 have been socialized to marry, have children, and assume family caretaker roles. Often these women are used to a dependent role. It is recommended that midlife divorced women examine their role assumptions and develop new archetypes to improve their divorce adjustment. The Greek goddesses, Gaia, Demeter, Artemis, and Hera, and the Sumerian goddess, Inanna, as well as the Great Goddess, or mother earth goddess, are possible archetypes. Through meditation, dream interpretation, divorce support groups, individual psychotherapy, women's new religious groups, reading, and religious questionning, middle-aged divorced women can use the divorce crisis as a time of constructive developmental growth. (Author)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Southwestern Psychological Association (33rd, New Orleans, LA, April 16-18, 1987).