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Gender and the Divorce Experience
Journal of Divorce and Remarriage (2008)
  • Kenneth D. Colburn
  • Phylis Lin
  • Mary Moore
Abstract
The object of this study is to examine the extent to which males and females are converging in their divorce experience. We consider the issue of the convergence by examining both quantitative and qualitative data gathered from a survey questionnaire containing 189 close-ended items and 3 open-ended items administered to 268 persons in Indianapolis. The divorce experience is conceptualized along four dimensions: (1) lifestyle, (2) attitude toward married life, (3) life after divorce, and (4) adjustment to divorce. We demonstrate in the quantitative analysis that there is a weak to moderate difference in three of four dimensions between the male and female experience of marital breakup. There is only a demonstrable convergence in the views of males and females in the fourth dimension, adjustment to divorce. The qualitative section examines responses to the open-ended question, "What seems to be the best thing that has happened after your divorce?" While about half of the response categories show similarities between males and females, there are some differences in the ways in which males and females reconstruct their identities in the process of adjustment.

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Keywords
  • divorce,
  • gender
Disciplines
Publication Date
October 25, 2008
DOI
http://dx.doi.org/10.1300/J087v17n03_06
Citation Information
Kenneth D. Colburn, Phylis Lin and Mary Moore. "Gender and the Divorce Experience" Journal of Divorce and Remarriage Vol. 17 Iss. 3-4 (2008) p. 87 - 108 ISSN: 1540-4811
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kenneth_colburn/28/