ERIC Number: ED287148
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr-10
Reference Count: 0
Lubavitch Women: Depression and Life Satisfaction in a Traditional Community.
Dengelegi, Lidia; Kidder, Louise H.
Given that traditional societies provide women with clearly defined roles, married women in traditional communities might experience less depression than women who have conflicting role expectations. To examine this issue, 43 Lubavitch Hassidic Jewish women from two northeastern communities were interviewed concerning their satisfaction with various aspects of their lives and were administered the Center for Epidemiological Studies-Depression scale (Radloff, 1974). The two groups' life satisfaction and depression levels were compared to each other and the two groups' pooled responses were compared to national norms. It was hypothesized that the Lubavitch group as a whole would be more satisfied with life and less depressed than the American norms because of the Lubavitch lifestyle and ideology. The results showed that Lubavitch women's life satisfaction in general was higher than that of the national norms, though satisfaction with some specific areas of their lives proved to be lower than the norm. The Lubavitch women were also found to be less depressed than the normative sample of American women. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (Arlington, VA, April 9-12, 1987).