Changes in the self-concepts of divorced women

Nehami Baum*, Giora Rahav, Dan Sharon

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This study, conducted on a heterogeneous sample of 70 divorced custodial mothers in Israel, explores changes in the self-concept of divorced women. Findings showed that most of the study participants saw themselves as having changed, and improved, in the surveyed aspects of self-concept. Comparing their present situation to that before their divorce, most reported that they became more independent, more in control of their lives, and more responsible for themselves. They reported feeling greater self-esteem, more competent, and more likely to regard the tasks facing them as challenges. Moreover, they perceived these changes as very important and satisfying. On the other hand, a quarter of the divorced women saw themselves either as unchanged or as having changed in an undesirable way. The findings support the view that self-concept can change in adulthood, as well as the claim that divorce brings not only loss but also opportunity for self-development. Further study using a prospective, longitudinal design is recommended.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)47-67
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Divorce and Remarriage
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Divorce
  • Self-concept
  • Women


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