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Stresses and strengths of working women in a divorce support group.

Author: Molina, Olga
Author Background: District Council 37 Municipal Employees Legal Services Plan, New York, NY, US
Date 2000
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Divorce-and-Remarriage
Volume/Pages Vol 33(3-4): 145-158
Subject Matter Research, Women, African American, Divorce; Family Crises; Stress; Support Groups; Working Women, Coping Behavior
Abstract Examined the stresses (educational, financial, health, employment, home) reported by divorcing working women who participated in an 8-wk divorce support group. The 8 30-58 yr old predominantly African American women were seeking a divorce through a union-based legal/social work program. 62% of the families had children, ranging in age from 1-40 yrs. Results of a modified version of the Single Parent Personal Evaluation of Stresses questionnaire and the Family Crisis-Oriented Personal Evaluation Scales suggested that the lack of opportunities to learn job skills for promotions, the inability to continue the desired level of education because of a need to earn money, and having no partner to share responsibilities were primary stresses reported by these divorced working women. Additional topics discussed include depression, self-esteem, seeking spiritual support and an ability to redefine crises to make them more manageable. The later were strengths used by the women to cope with family crisis. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2000 APA, all rights reserved)