ERIC Number: ED335563
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Needs Assessment of Midlife Women during and after Separation and Divorce.
Sims, Norma Jean
This study examined the needs of midlife and older divorced women (N=34) whose careers had primarily been as homemakers. The women completed a questionnaire which looked at education, employment, economics, legal services, and psychological and emotional responses to divorce. Both the women and men in the study were highly educated; however, the socio-economic class of the women changed dramatically after divorce, and their incomes were considerably less than half of what they had been during marriage. The levels of dissatisfaction with the legal and judicial systems were high, especially with the terms of the divorce decree and legal representation. Maintenance, property division, and child support were major sources of conflict. The major psychological and emotional factors contributing to the marital break-up were psychological abuse by the ex-husband, and another relationship. Chemical abuse was also an issue. Primary sources of psychological and emotional support were friends and children. The relationship of the children to their father had deteriorated since the divorce in quantity and quality of time and financial support. Major psychological and emotional issues at the time of the divorce were loss of family and traditions, sense of failure, fear, anger, and depression. In general, the women reported feeling finished with the divorce, pleased with their new sense of self and freedom, but fearful about their economic future. (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, University of Minnesota.